Community

Sat
25
Nov

The many faces of gratitude

Stepping inside our woodstove-heated farmhouse, I paused just inside the door and felt the warmth wrapping itself around me like a blanket. Gratefully, I waited a moment and closing my eyes, appreciated the feeling returning to my extremities. I had just come back in from accompanying my family on the opening weekend deer hunt. That Sunday morning, the temperatures were in the upper 20s with wind gusts kicking up now and then.

Every year when gun hunting season rolls around, I always convince myself I should join in the fun. Two of our three come home to hunt with their dad, and I think I’ll catch the hunting bug and just get out there and enjoy the great out-of-doors with them.

Sat
25
Nov

Nonprofit Profile


Contributed photo Tara Huebner plays the piano for her son, Zeke Fietsch, as Brandon Byng watches at a rehearsal of the Phoenix Players for their first production, “Christmas … On The Air.“

The newly formed Phoenix Players are planning their first production, “Christmas … On The Air.” Mary Beth Kuester, of Clintonville, along with Abrams resident Brandon Byng, got the group started.

“I’ve done a lot of work with the Mielke (Arts Center),” Kuester said.

Other Clintonville residents often were involved at the Shawano venue throughout the years. That is what made Kuester and Byng go forward with their new group.

“We have people who would like to have a place in Clintonville,” Kuester said.

The family-friendly Christmas musical will be at the handicapped accessible auditorium at Clintonville’s old high school. It is often referred to as the 1918 building, which is attached to the Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School.

Kuester often used it when the Mielke was being renovated and expanded. That made her ask the question, “Why can’t we always have a Christmas show here?”

So they are.

Sat
25
Nov

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Don Bublitz and Patty Pape, holding her dog, Jojo, are master gardeners who volunteer for many of their activities.

Don Bublitz and Patty Pape are master gardeners who volunteer for many of their activities.

Bublitz was born in Milwaukee, graduating from Milwaukee Lutheran High School. He earned a degree in elementary education from Concordia College in Illinois. Bublitz then taught in a two room school in Iowa and then in Detroit for five years. He earned a masters in elementary education from Wayne State University and moved to Shawano in 1969 where he taught at St. James Lutheran School for 30 years. Bublitz retired in 1999.

He and his wife, Joanne, have been married 59 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They live in Shawano with their toy poodle, Cookie. They like to garden and attend concerts and plays. Bublitz helps out at the Navarino Nature Center.

Sat
25
Nov

New vendors coming to WOW craft fair

Nine new vendors are on the docket for the Walls of Wittenberg’s annual Christmas craft fair, which is coming Dec. 1-2 to downtown Wittenberg. Holiday shoppers will be able to browse one-of-a-kind crafts and gifts from 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the Christmas crafts and handmade items will include: evergreen and mesh wreaths; textiles, including sewing crafts, wool creations, crocheted pieces, fleece items and quilted projects; signs, carvings, acrylics, metal and chainsaw art; hand-turned bowls, baskets, pottery, painted glassware, serving- and silverware; bird feeders and houses; outdoor gnomes; homemade goat milk soaps and lotions and much more. Organizers will also host a table for holiday baked goods.

An outdoor Christmas tree lighting will be held Friday at 7 p.m. in the WOWSPACE park, 114 Vinal St., complete with holiday music from the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Carolers.

Sat
25
Nov

Gillett plans Christmas festival in December

Gillett’s annual Christmas in the Park is expanding this year to include a craft and vendor fair. In addition to the traditional festivities at Zippel Park, 150 McKenzie Street, Gillett. St. John’s Lutheran Church will open its doors to vendors and holiday shoppers alike at 101 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Families can celebrate the magic of Christmas with horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides through Zippel Park along with crafts, face-painting, balloon animals, a 4-H cake walk, cookies, hot chocolate and more from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Inside the Expo Hall, Santa will arrive in style by sleigh at noon and listen to children’s wish lists until 4:30 p.m. Each child will receive a free goodie bag from Santa. Carols from the Gillett High School choir will begin at 4:45 p.m. Food and refreshments can be purchased at the church as well as in the park.

Sat
25
Nov

Abrams troupe to present timeless Christmas show


Photo by Joan Koehne Music and dancing are key elements in the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. performance of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Rehearsing the song “Skip to My Lou” are performers, front row from left, Tim Rutten, Janet Koehne, Preston Pelegrin, and Kelly Klein, and back row, Ellie Finger, Brooke LeMense and Josie Sieber.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will perform a rare, old-school gem, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” to be performed the first two weekends of December at the Byng Community Theater.

The plot follows the lives of the middle-class Smith family as they journey through comedic misunderstandings, jovial pranks, love, and hardship surrounding the 1904 World’s Fair.

With music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and book by Hugh Wheeler, this production was adapted from a 1944 film of the same title starring Judy Garland.

“Although it is an older show and therefore has the stigma of being old-fashioned and out-of date, because of the relatability of the struggle of the family, it really is timeless,” said director Liz Jolly.

Sat
25
Nov

Brandy Clark to perform here Dec. 2


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Country music singer and songwriter Brandy Clark will perform at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Advance tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased online at www.rubbersoulproductions.com. or at Hanke’s Sentry Foods in Wittenberg.

In anticipation of her 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 performance at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium, singer-songwriter Brandy Clark took some time off from her busy schedule for an interview with Rob Wyman of Rubber Soul Productions LLC.

Q: You grew up in the small logging town of Morton, Washington. What are your fondest memories of small-town life?

A: My favorite memories of growing up in a small town are growing up next door to my grandma and grandpa. My brother and I spent our summers swimming in the river behind our house with our neighbors. And then, of course, I loved being so involved in sports in a small town.

Q: Music has always been a big part of your life, but there was a time when music took a back seat to sports, specifically basketball. In fact, you attended Central Washington University on a basketball scholarship. Do you follow professional sports today? If so, what sports and what teams?

Fri
24
Nov

30 YEARS OF TURKEY


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mikki Moesch, right, watches as her sons Mason, left, and Isaiah, prepare to-go containers for the community’s homebound. Moesch and her family have been part of Zion Lutheran Church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner for more than a decade.

For 30 years, Zion Lutheran Church has opened its doors to the community to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and neighbors.

This year was no different, as more than 100 people filled the fellowship hall Thursday to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and an array of tasty desserts. The only faux pas appeared to be when the serving line ran out of carrots in the middle of the dinner, but no one seemed to mind.

Third grade students from St. James Lutheran School made the centerpieces for the table this year, with fall-colored fabric surrounding several candles.

Mikki Moesch has been coordinating the community feast for 13 years.

“I just have a passion to help people,” Moesch said. “I love to cook, and I love to see this group of people come together. It serves a niche and helps the community.”

Thu
23
Nov

SACF seeks giving people as year draws to close

The holiday season is a critical time for nonprofit organizations to raise contributions that will sustain them for the coming year.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Shawano Area Community Foundation can be used to start a new charitable fund or add to any of the foundation’s existing 75 charitable funds that generate grants year after year to benefit a wide range of nonprofit organizations.

These funds include the Shawano Area Fund, a lasting endowment that accepts donations of any amount to be used to provide annual grants to local nonprofits. The foundation’s volunteer grants committee selects grant recipients through an application process.

Gresham residents Curt and Martha Knoke set up the Curt and Martha Knoke Immediate Needs Fund with the foundation. The Knokes add to their fund by donating appreciated stock, bonds or mutual fund shares.

Thu
23
Nov

A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR

Thanksgiving is a time to step back and take stock of what you have, whether it’s good health, a big family, even a terrific job that you love.

Eight community leaders in Shawano and Oconto counties were invited by Wolf River Media to write about what they were thankful for, and they will be telling readers why they feel so blessed in a special section in today’s edition of The Shawano Leader. The section was also published in the Leader’s sister publications, the Oconto County Times Herald and the Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News.

Wendy Crawford wrote about her work with Leadership Shawano County, the new Sun Drop Dayz festival and the Boys and Girls Club, but she also pointed out that her good health tops the list and her cancer has been in remission for five years.

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