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Fri
10
Jun

Nature center hosts the man who flies with cranes


Contributed Photo Joe Duff, who has helped train young whooping cranes to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida, will be the featured speaker June 18 at the Navarino Nature Center as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.

Joe Duff, CEO and lead pilot for the group that has trained young endangered whooping cranes to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida, will be the featured speaker as part of Navarino Nature Center’s 30th anniversary celebration at 6 p.m. June 18.

Duff’s visit is supported by an Environmental Stewardship Fund grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

Duff is the leader of Operation Migration, which has successfully taught the endangered 5-foot-tall, mostly white cranes to migrate by following ultralight aircraft that they were trained from birth to believe were adult whooping cranes. The group has made the migration each fall since 2001.

Duff, a photographer first assisted his friend and fellow pilot William Lishman in testing the training technique on geese and then the more numerous sandhill cranes. Lishman’s early efforts were chronicled in the 1996 film, “Fly Away Home.”

Thu
09
Jun

Nature center’s summer programs begin Thursday

Navarino Nature Center has a number of activities planned from June to August.

The following is a brief listing of events:

- Woodland Fairy Day Camp will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The camp is for girls and boys who like to imagine and explore the wonders of nature. They can dress up as their favorite woodland characters, enjoy a story time, make a craft, create a fairy garden, play games and end the day with a fairy tea party luncheon. Cost is $40 per child; reservations are required.

- You can canoe down the Wolf River with nature center staff on June 16. Participants will meet at the boat ramp in Shawano on Lieg Street, then canoe from Shawano to the boat ramp on County Road CCC, which will take about 2 1/2 hours. Canoes, paddles and life vests are provided. RSVP by Tuesday by calling 715-758-6999. At least five people must sign up for the canoe trip to run. Cost is $15 for nature center members and $20 for nonmembers.

Thu
09
Jun

HCE helps young bookworms dig into reading


Contributed Photo Helen Raddant, left, Shawano County Home and Community Education president, and Judy Tomashek, HCE secretary treasurer, accept a $500 donation from Sharon Giese, president of Catholic Financial Life Chapter 132, Shawano, for the Wisconsin Bookworms program.

Shawano County’s Home and Community Education organization recently received a $500 check from the Catholic Financial Life Chapter 132 of Shawano to support an early literacy program called Wisconsin Bookworms.

The Shawano HCE has been participating in the statewide program over the past 14 years. The effort is a partnership involving Wisconsin Public Television, the University of Wisconsin-Extension Family Living program and the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education.

The program is designed to provide free books to children who might not otherwise have books of their own. Shawano County HCE members go into the classrooms and read to the children. While there, they do an activity with the children related to the book, and then each child is given a book to take home.

The program gives children eight books over the school year for their own personal library at home.

Thu
09
Jun

ALIEN INVADERS


Photo by Rob Zimmer Beauty or beast? Many gardeners and landscapers are fond of the bright color and beauty of Dame’s Rocket, one of the state’s most prolific invasive plants. It should be eradicated wherever it is found.

Photo by Rob Zimmer June is Invasive Species Awareness Month in Wisconsin. In this week’s column, you’ll learn about many of our area’s most threatening plant species.

Editor’s Note: Rob Zimmer is an award-winning nature and garden writer who lives in Appleton. He has written four books, conducts garden programs in Shawano and elsewhere, and is a popular speaker for groups and organizations. His column runs weekly in the The Shawano Leader and Oconto County Times Herald.

Across Wisconsin, our wetlands, grasslands and forests are under assault from a variety of alien invaders. These are plant and animal species that are not native or indigenous to our area, but were brought here, either purposely or by accident, and allowed to escape and thrive.

June is Invasive Species Awareness Month, a month dedicated to education and eradication projects to help slow the spread of some of the most threatening plant and animal species.

Sat
04
Jun

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner AmeriCorps volunteer Lisa Misch stands in the greenhouse at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena.

Lisa Misch is an AmeriCorps member working with the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena through the Tribal Colleges and Universities VISTA initiative.

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) members make yearlong, full-time commitments to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development and otherwise assist low-income communities.

Misch has done a lot of work with the Kehtekaewak Farmers Market, which is held from 12-6 p.m. every Thursday from late May through September at CMN, N172 State Highway 47-55. The market features local produce, hot food, meat, flowers, handmade products and crafts, baked and canned goods, entertainment and more. She also works with the community garden project.

Fri
03
Jun

Summer schedule is already filling up

As the calendar turns to June, my thoughts are turning to a new schedule. Since much of April and May were filled with softball games, I have to figure out some other things to fill my late afternoons and evenings.

As entertaining as the softball season was for Tigerton High School, the season came to an abrupt halt on May 26 with a post-season loss to NEW Lutheran from Green Bay. I enjoyed watching the team play, especially my granddaughter.

Of course, there wasn’t too much time to despair, as another granddaughter graduated from Tigerton High School on May 27. Next came the graduation party, and then since it was Memorial Day weekend, there was a cookout at a nephew’s house. I had weekend company, and I took in the Memorial Day service at the Legion.

Fri
03
Jun

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The St. Anthony Food Pantry in Neopit serves residents in Menominee County. Shown, from left, are Louisa Keenan, Mary Lisa Carenza Keenan and Mary Harte.

The St. Anthony Catholic Church Food Pantry in Neopit began in a house that was also the pastor’s residence and church office. After a fire in February 2015 destroyed the house, some classrooms in the community center were converted into the food pantry.

“It’s a much nicer food pantry,” volunteer coordinator Mary Lisa Carenza Keenan said.

With two full rooms, clients can walk through shelves of food groups to select what they want. Previously they weren’t given a choice; they received food selected by volunteers in a bag or box that was handed out from a walk-in sized closet.

“Before we just handed out groceries,” Carenza Keenan said. “The whole point is to help people get what they need. People like it so much better the way we do it now.”

The pantry serves the people of Menominee County with distributions from 1-3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

“It’s for anybody who lives on the reservation,” volunteer Mary Harte said.

Fri
03
Jun

Adjusting 1 day at a time

It’s close to a month now that our cows are gone. This column has always been written from my perspective and slowly but surely, my husband and I are adjusting one day at a time to a new normal, coping with the changes, but each in our own way.

It still seems surreal, especially for me near the late afternoon when I don’t have to change clothes, don a barn scarf and pull on my boots to head out to the barn. If I go out there at all, it’s rather depressing. Life has left the barn. We do still have pens full of calves, our up and coming Black Angus darlings with their huge, dark, expressive eyes. They need tending, their pens cleaned and bedded and fed hay and grain. We have one still on milk, the others are all older. Two pigs are now occupying one pen as well, so I guess I should say the barn is alive, but not full.

Fri
03
Jun

Kehtekaewak Farmers Market still accepting vendors

The Kehtekaewak Farmers Market is accepting vendor applications and queries from entertainers interested in performing at the weekly market.

The market, formerly held at the Menominee Boxing Club, moved this season to the College of Menominee Nation, N172 state Highway 47-55, Keshena. Market hours are 12-6 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 29.

The market features local produce, hot food, meat, flowers, handmade products and crafts, baked and canned goods, and more.

EBT/SNAP benefits can be used at the market by swiping Quest cards at the information booth in exchange for market vouchers. Every dollar spent using EBT/SNAP benefits will be matched with Double Dollar Vouchers, up to $15. These vouchers can be used on all SNAP-eligible food items.

Fri
03
Jun

ThedaStar celebrates 30th anniversary

ThedaStar Air Medical will celebrate its 30th anniversary during a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game Wednesday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

Based at the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah Level II Trauma Center, ThedaStar provides helicopter transports and transfers for trauma patients and critically ill patients in Northeast Wisconsin. The helicopter and crew members are scheduled to be at the game.

When ThedaStar made its first flight in 1986, it was the first medical helicopter north of Milwaukee and Madison, and the third in the state. It has since logged more than 12,700 flights in its three decades of service. About 70 percent of ThedaStar’s flights are medical transports to and from hospitals. Although some days the helicopter may not get a call and others it may have up to six, ThedaStar averages two flights a day

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