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Fri
31
Aug

Animal exhibitors entrenched at fairgrounds


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Dallas Zernicke, left, with the Bonduel FFA, herds her pigs into their pen with a little help from Daryn Reinhard on Thursday. It’s not uncommon for most animal exhibitors to be on the fairgrounds from dawn until well after dark, caring for their four-legged entries.

Most visitors to the Shawano County Fair hang out for a few short hours — just long enough to see the exhibits, enjoy fair food and ride the rides.

For the individuals and families who show animals, however, the fair is almost like a second home, with many spending most of the six days on the fairgrounds. Whether it’s washing the animals or feeding them or keeping them from being too distressed by visitors and heat, many exhibitors arrive around sunrise each day and leave well after dark.

Megan Zeitler, a Corner View 4-H member from Bonduel, is in her fifth year showing at the fair. Her sheep take up quite a bit of her time during the fair, as she arrives daily at 7 a.m. and often doesn’t leave for the night until around 10 p.m.

“I just stick to sheep. It takes a lot of time,” Zeitler said.

Zeitler is constantly checking whether her sheep have food and water. She and other family members take shifts helping with the animals.

Fri
31
Aug

Shawano homecoming theme set

Entries are being accepted for the 29th annual Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce fall homecoming parade, which will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 in cooperation with Shawano Community High School and sponsoring partners. The theme this year is “Movie Magic,” and participants are encouraged to decorate their entries within that theme.

Lineup for the parade begins at 5 p.m. on Elizabeth Street. Participants are asked to enter the staging area from Lincoln Street. The parade route starts at the corner of Elizabeth and Main streets, proceeds north on Main Street turning left at Green Bay Street, left on Washington Street and ending at Franklin Park.

Trophies will be awarded for the Best of the Parade, business entry, club/organization entry, high school entry and kindergarten through eighth grade school entry. To register for the parade, call the chamber at 715-524-2139, or stop by the chamber office, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano, to pick up an entry form.

Thu
30
Aug

Retired teacher publishes children’s book

Mart Grams’ granddaughter is afraid of Halloween. He asked her why, and she told him it was because of the masks people are wearing during the celebration. Grams talked with her about being afraid of other things, and it gave him an idea to write a book about children’s fears.

In his book, “Grandpa, I’m Afraid,” (published by Xlibris), Grams discusses the subject of fear among children. In the book, he and his granddaughters engage themselves in a conversation dealing with the things they are commonly afraid, of which include monsters, the dark, clowns or people in costume, insects, medicine and shots.

“Children are normally afraid of lots of things,” Grams said. “Parents often do not know how to deal with them and their fears. This book gives readers an example of a conversation between me and my granddaughters to help both parents and children.”

Thu
30
Aug

Marx holds on to the night at North Star

Richard Marx will perform live on Nov. 16 at North Star Mohican Casino Resort, W12180 County Road A, Bowler.

Tickets start at $35 and will go on sale Wednesday.

Marx is known for iconic ballads like “Right Here Waiting,” “Now and Forever” and “Hold on to the Night.” The singer/songwriter and producer is also responsible for “To Where You Are,” the first hit single from Josh Groban’s debut album, as well as N’Sync’s “This I Promise You.” In 2004, he earned Song of the Year for a collaboration that produced Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father.”

“Richard Marx is a powerhouse of talent,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort. “We are thrilled to have him perform here and look forward to a great show.”

Wed
29
Aug

Newest barn quilt honors barbers with its pattern


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Shown with Shawano County’s 339th barn quilt are, seated, Dave and Alice Laux; standing from left, Linda and Jim Laux, Jenny Ballwahn, Jim and Kathy Cummings, and their children, Courtney, Brendan and Christa.

Shawano County’s 339th barn quilt is now on display on a barn at N4143 State Highway 22, a few miles south of Shawano. The farm is owned by Jim Laux. The quilt was sponsored by Full House Realty of Shawano.

The quilt pattern the Laux family selected is called Barber Pole in recognition of Jim’s mother, Alice Laux, who has been a hairdresser for 45 years; his sister, Kathy Cummings, who is also a hairdresser; and his dad, Dave Laux, who was a barber for 59 years.

Julius Piehl, Jim’s great-grandfather, came to the United States from Frankfurt, Germany, arriving in New York with $21 in his pocket. He had friends in Plymouth, Wisconsin, where he worked to save money to buy a farm and eventually to bring his wife, Bertha, to be with him in America. They had six children — Augusta, Anna, Gustav and Tillie, along with two others who died in infancy.

Wed
29
Aug

Yesterday tended by today’s hands


Photo by Charles Collier Nick LeNoble and his son, Caleb, of Marion, share a passion for car restoration, and are putting their handiness to use with MAHS. Here, the two stand with “a poor man’s tractor” restored by Nick, in front of the Ray Arndt Historical Museum.

Photo by Charles Collier Mary Kautz, of Clintonville, flips through a condensed history of the Marion Area Historical Society during the group’s 30th anniversary celebration Saturday.

The Marion Area Historical Society celebrated its 30-year anniversary Saturday at the Ray Arndt Historical Museum on Ramsdell Road, casting the 125-member organization into dual roles as historical subject as well as documentarian.

The historical society has proven an exceptional example of the latter over the last three decades as shown by the expansive museum named after Ray Arndt, an ardent contributor and supporter of preserving the area’s past.

Arndt made headlines last year when he donated a more than 2,000-piece collection of old and antique tools, the oldest being a corn planter from 1863 during the throes of the Civil War. But the 100-year-old spitfire has been integral to Marion’s history since long before.

Gesturing toward a stuffed horse and display buggy carrying a mother and daughter in their Sunday best, Arndt recalled one of the last times he was at the reins inside such a carriage.

Sat
25
Aug

Phones go from luxury to everyday necessity

On rare occasions, a phone rings in my car. It is not my cellphone, which I would not answer while driving. It is the car ringing, with an area lighting up, showing a call coming in. I purchased this used car last year in January, so I am not sure if the previous owner had this hooked up, or if it is part of the car, but I don’t know the number and have never figured out how to answer.

Since it happened again last week, I was reminded about phones and how much they make life easier and harder at the same time.

The first telephone I remember seeing was at my grandpa’s house, rural Shawano. It hung on the wall, with a cone-shaped thing to speak into, and a crank on the right side. I don’t remember anyone ever calling, or anyone calling out, so with my child’s mind, I wasn’t sure if it worked or not, but I thought it was pretty special that grandpa had a phone, and we did not.

Sat
25
Aug

II Edition playing polka for 25 years


Photo by Grace Kirchner For more than 25 years, the II Edition Polka Band has been playing for worship services. From left, Bud Gennrich at the piano, Dale Oesterbrink and Gene Lettau playing trumpets, Dan Zupon is hidden but plays the drums and Terry Lettau plays the concertina.

Gene Lettau and his II Edition Polka Band played for the worship services at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Clintonville on July 29 in observance of Rural Life Sunday.

The band has been playing the happy music at area church services for more than 25 years. They’ve played at Methodist, Catholic, Lutheran and Church of Christ worship services.

Gene’s musical career began when he was in fifth or sixth grade in school and he discovered the trumpet. He played in the band all through grade school and high school. Eventually, he formed a band of his own.

He met his wife, Terry, who also had a band. Soon they were married and have been together for the past 45 years. Terry’s band dissolved, and she joined II Edition.

The five piece band includes Bud Gennrich, of Merrill, who plays the piano; Dale Oesterbrink, of Wausau, who plays trumpet; and Dan Zupon, of Antigo, who plays drums. Terry plays the concertina, and Gene the trumpet. They reside near Wittenberg.

Sat
25
Aug

Doc heading on Cannonball run in September

A very popular destination spot is right in our backyard. If you haven’t been to Doc’s Timeline Saloon and BBQ, you will want to stop in. It is located at W2707 State Highway 29.

There are so many things to see. The gift shop features unique gift ideas, along with a limited selection of motorcycle parts. In the back of the store is a workshop area featuring two workbenches that belonged to each of Doc’s grandfathers. Many of Doc’s tools from his original shop that opened in 1979 are displayed.

There is also a great little antique shop, filled with a variety of collectibles, jewelry and artwork of local vendors. I was delighted to find a wonderful old Raggedy Ann doll there recently.

Sat
25
Aug

Kitchen Maids working on shawls

Members of the Kitchen Maids Club of the Shawano County Association of Home and Community Education have recently been working on a project close to their hearts.

They have been busy sewing shawls for patients who are receiving treatments at the Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology Clinic located in ThedaCare Medical Center in Shawano. Staff members will use the shawls to drape over the arms and shoulders of their patients during infusions. They are especially warm and comforting during those difficult times.

The service project prepared the group for the reality of what was to come for one of its very own members. A member’s young granddaughter was recently diagnosed with a severe form of childhood cancer and is also benefitting from a shawl and pillow made by member Patricia Arnold.

Members of the Kitchen Maids are planning to continue sewing these shawls and are looking to supply other clinics in the area with their beautiful shawls.

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