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Thu
23
Aug

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FIRST LADY


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker, left, talks with Matty Mathison about some of the features of Shawano as the group leaves Kuckuk Park on Wednesday to return to Sturgeon Park. The walk was part of the Walk With Walker event held Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker joined more than 50 area residents for a stroll through some of Shawano’s outdoor amenities Wednesday with her Walk With Walker program.

Walker and the group got to see the amenities of Sturgeon Park, where thousands flock annually for the annual Wolf River sturgeon spawning, as well as the new barn quilt next to Judd Park and the learning centers along walking paths in Kuckuk Park.

This is the 68th Walk With Walker event, facilitated through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and the first for Shawano County. Walker’s husband, Scott Walker, had previously conducted similar walks in Milwaukee when he was the county executive to promote fitness and outdoor recreation, but she moved the idea to the state level when her husband became governor in 2011.

Sat
18
Aug

Butcher day

After months of feeding, watering and changing areas, my chickens are gone. Well, technically, they’ve gone from outside in the chicken houses to inside my freezer. Butcher day had arrived.

We had first thought we’d butcher them ourselves. After reading up on butchering techniques and realizing we did not know from straight up what we were doing, we checked out other options.

My husband works part time at a job which takes him off the farm a few days a week. One of his co-workers happens to be Amish. They were talking one day, and the Amish farmer and his family offered to butcher our chickens for us. He and my husband settled on a fee, and the date was set.

Sat
18
Aug

Summer is the busy season for alpaca farm


Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson A mama is shown with her 1-hour-old cria, which is the name for a newborn alpaca. Applewood Lane Alpaca Farm just outside of Wittenberg is preparing for 21 births this summer.

It’s been a busy season at the Applewood Lane Alpaca Farm just south of Wittenberg. Summer is when the farm-raised alpacas give birth.

“We bred for 21 pregnancies with about nine suri and 12 huacaya,” farm manager Justin Nueske said, of the two types of alpaca. “We’re still waiting for six of those to arrive.”

Before the birthing season, the farm had 87 alpaca. Nueske said they’d like to have about 100.

It takes some careful planning to breed the alpacas, which have an 11.5-month gestation period. According to Nueske, the best time to breed the females is two weeks after they’ve given birth.

“It’s a hard job getting born, ” said Darlene Nueske, owner of the farm. “The alpacas stand up to give birth, and we want to see nose and toes when the birthing process starts.”

Sometimes the babies, called “cria,” are born close to the barn. But with all the farm’s open pasture, sometimes they’ll go for a more secluded area.

Sat
18
Aug

A FAMILY IN HARMONY


Photo by Grace Kirchner Dr. Donald Krubsack, far right, directed the Krubsack Family and Friends musical ensemble at a worship service at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church on July 28. His father, Dave Krubsack, is playing the keyboard.

The Krubsack Family and Friends recently presented a musical ensemble in at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Richmond.

Dave Krubsack and his son, Dr. Donald Krubsack, directed the ensemble. Ten members of the Krubsack family and seven others make up the band.

Once a year, this group of former students, friends and families gather to play their instruments to accompany the organ and the singing. They are in the area once a year to attend a music camp at Cloverleaf Lakes.

Each year they participate in a worship service at at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Pella Opening. The two churches are selected because they hold Saturday evening worship services that accommodate the group’s schedule.

Sat
18
Aug

Oh deer, signs of Christmas are here already


Photo by Leah Lehman A pair of fawns stand across the street from Leader columnist Leah Lehman’s home in Tigerton recently.

It is beginning to look a bit like Christmas around here, well, only as far as deer are concerned. In July, there were two fawns, munching in the wooded area across the road from me, and then again, in the back yard. They had no fear of humans, as I could go outside and take their picture.

There has been a doe sneaking around in the woods across the road, and at times on my lawn, but she is more cautious around people, or cars, so no picture of her.

The flock of turkeys, in the back yard, was another photo opportunity, however, they have great ears, or were more skittish, as the minute they heard the door open, they vanished back into the wooded area out back. I guess I need a silent door to get a picture.

Meanwhile there have been scampering squirrels, even a black one, and bobbing robins. I was overjoyed to see robins, and to know that some survived, after that April blizzard.

Sat
18
Aug

Library cards yield lifelong rewards

This September, Shawano County Library is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, homework help or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at the the library are available to anyone with a library card.

Sat
18
Aug

Marion Historical Society celebrates 30th anniversary

The Marion Area Historical Society will mark its 30th anniversary with a huge celebration on Aug. 25 at the historical grounds, 620 E. Ramsdell St., Marion.

The event will included live music, a craft and vendor fair, and silent auction.

There will also be classic cars, trucks and tractors, and kids’ activities along with a special History of Marion Hunt with clues provided throughout the day. The museum buildings and train cars will also be open for touring.

Food and refreshments will be sold throughout the day, with anniversary cake and ice cream served at 3:30 p.m.

Those attending should bring lawn chairs and plan to spend the day.

Music under the new bandstand will feature live music.

Sat
18
Aug

Hobos had a unique communication system

Have you ever been afraid, like really afraid? I can remember a time when I was too afraid to move. I was about 12 years old at the time.

My folks had a small farm on the outskirts of Marion. There was a woods on our property. A train track ran parallel to our woods. One autumn day, my mother packed a picnic lunch for my friend Sally Pietz and me. We took a blanket and books and headed to the woods.

We picked wildflowers and apples. We sat on our blanket and just started eating lunch when we heard the train. We counted boxcars when suddenly we saw someone throw something to the ground before jumping off and rolling in the grass very close to where we were sitting.

The man picked up the long stick with stuff tied to it. Oh no! It was a hobo. He looked at us and we stared back, too frightened to move. I remember he was unshaven, and was wearing a combination of clothes like I had never seen before. I think we probably startled him as much as he startled us.

Sat
18
Aug

Nature center’s fundraising banquet set

To raise money for programming and daily operations, the Navarino Nature Center will hold its 29th annual fundraising banquet Sept. 27 at The Gathering, 2600 E. Richmond St., Shawano.

The nature center is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental education programs to the public and students in northeast Wisconsin. Through the hard work of volunteers, committees and generous donors, the center has been able to make significant improvements to its facility and grounds, including the “Exploring Habitats” accessibility trail.

The fundraiser will feature several raffles, silent and live auctions. As the banquet nears, photos of some of the donated items will be posted on Navarino’s Facebook page.

Sat
18
Aug

Hillside plans youth, children’s programs

Hillside Assembly of God Church in Gillett will begin a new year of youth and children’s programs on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 5, kicking off with an open house at 6 p.m. Prizes, hot dogs and ice cream will be provided.

Royal Rangers is a boys’ program for ages 3-14. Boys learn practical lessons from the Bible with a variety of themes, including camping, sports, lifesaving and first aid. This program has transitioned into a new expanded program with more themes and opportunities to grow.

Mpact Girls Club is for girls of the same age group and teaches practical lessons from the Bible with various themes that girls can relate to including making the right choices, fitness, attitude, peer pressure, family, accountability and self esteem. There are also fun activities with each lesson. Both groups can earn rewards and have opportunities for extra curricular activities.

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