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Photo by Carol Wagner Members of the special events committee at the Church on the Hill making crafts for the Fall Festival on Oct. 1. are, from left, seated, Pastor Claudia Deede, Teri Bohm, Sally Knope; standing, Renee Campbell, Colleen Haberl, Char Eastman and Linda Meidam. Missing: Gina Monfils.

Since moving out of downtown Shawano to the hill on Waukechon Street, the Shawano United Methodist Church has become known as the Church on the Hill. The special events committee is planning programs to let more people know about the church.

“It’s building up fellowship within the church, too,” said Claudia Deede, who became pastor last year.

The Chicken ‘N Biscuit Fall Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 with a chicken and biscuit dinner. There will be outside vendors, crafts by the women of the church and face painting with Sandi Bocik. This will be the second year for the festival, which was very successful last year.

“We were thrilled with the turnout,” Deede said.

There will also be a children’s menu and homemade desserts. Carry-outs will also be available. The cost is $8 for an individual, $7.50 in advance; children $5; and families $25 for two adults and up to four children.


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Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano County Literacy Council tutor LaBette Luecht, left, works with Nan Xi Klingbeil, who is from China.

LaBette Luecht tutors for the Shawano County Literacy Council. She is from Spread Eagle, Wisconsin, which is near Iron Mountain, Michigan. She graduated from Florence High School.

In first grade, she found out she was dyslexic thanks to a caring teacher. She was able to well in school and earned a bachelor’s degree at the Bellin College of Nursing and a master’s in nursing with a focus on education from the University of Phoenix. She worked at local hospitals before going to Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, where she worked in the health learning resource lab.

Luecht was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and myelodysplasia and did not work for seven years while she had various treatments. She is currently the registered nurse care manager for Lakeland Care Inc.

Luecht and her husband, Terry, who works at Green Valley Farms, have been married nine years and live in Shawano. They have a fish, a cat and two dogs.


A woman for all seasons, but especially fall

Not only have we turned our calendar to September, but now the Shawano County Fair is also past. For some unknown reason, the temperatures have dipped lower than one expects for this early in the month.

Most of the weather in 2017 has been quite unusual. Only a few blasts of cold in the winter affected the ice and curtailed some winter sports enthusiasts. It has been a lot of years since I ventured out onto the ice for fishing, and I never ice raced. I know people who love it and couldn’t do it as often as they liked.

The warmth of spring was sluggish in coming, and winter coats and blankets were needed at softball games. Also, many games were postponed due to rain, which has come in abundance for most of this year.

Years of drought are not to be desired, but at times the rain was too much of a good thing. Farmers were delayed in planting the field corn, and now, with the cooler than normal weather, these last weeks before a frost are also worrisome.


Nature center schedules fundraising banquet

Navarino Nature Center will hold its 28th annual fundraising banquet Sept. 21 at The Gathering in Shawano.

The nature center is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental education programs to the general public and students in northeast Wisconsin. Nearly 4,000 students visit Navarino annually, and general visitation is around 15,000.

All funds raised at the annual banquet will be used for daily operations and programming at the center.

The event includes several raffles (holiday, basket, backyard, wingspan, gun, freezer, wheelbarrow, 50/50, all-ticket, etc.), silent and live auctions. Photos of some of the prizes will be posted on the nature center Facebook site as the banquet draws near.

Social hour starts at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, $80 per couple, $400 for table of eight. Banquet sponsors pay $250.


Bonduel making plans for Founders Day

Bonduel will host its 15th annual Founders Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 with special events throughout the downtown.

More than 150 arts, crafts and food vendors will set up on Green Bay and First Streets. The food will include brats, barbecue, hamburgers, deep-fried cheese curds, bacon bites and more. Local school, church and civic groups will sell specialty items.

There will be a pie and ice cream social at the Methodist Church, with Amish baked goods, homemade ice cream, cookies and more.

Ken Natzke Travels is sponsoring Amish tours. Tickets are $6 each. For reservations call 715-758-2718. Tours will leave from the Dollar General parking lot at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Amish buggy rides will leave from the fire department area. The rides are $2, $1 for ages 5-12, free for children younger than 5.

The Bonduel Community Archives on South First Street will hold an open house and chili lunch.


Immunization still best way to fight the flu

Health officials are issuing their annual reminder urging people to get flu shots.

“Prevention is the key to wellness. Immunizations are one of the easiest and most important ways we can keep ourselves and our communities healthy,” said Dr. Benjamin Schlais, a family physician with ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is best avoided by staying away from other sick people (if possible); washing hands well with soap and water to rinse away germs that could infect the mouth, nose, or eyes; and getting vaccinated.

Healthy people typically bounce back, but the very young and the elderly are most susceptible to serious complications from the flu.

“Influenza can get very serious, very quickly,” Schlais said. “Whereas some of us get the sniffles and chills or need a day or two off work to rest, the very young and very old can be hospitalized and even die from a bad influenza infection.”


Clintonville museum to feature harvest exhibits

The Clintonville Area Historical Society/Museum on Main will unveil new exhibits, some with a “Fall Harvest” theme, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16.

The theme and date were chosen to tie in with Clintonville’s annual Fall Frenzy celebration.

Displays on the museum grounds will include Jeff Schley’ vintage Eagle Tractor and harvest machinery on loan from Dennis Lichtenberg.

At 1 p.m., Mae Heling will reminisce about her experiences as a 14-year employee at the Baker Canning Factory and lead a discussion about the factory, which closed in 1982.

At 2 p.m., there will be a scarecrow contest, with a $50 prize for first place. Scarecrows must be at least 30 inches and no more than 72, and in standing position (stands can be provided). Entries can be brought to the museum from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 15.


Clintonville foundation planning fundraiser

“A Night in Tuscany” is the theme of the Clintonville Area Foundation’s eighth annual fundraiser Sept. 23 at Marion Body Works in Marion.

The event is the foundation’s only annual fundraiser.

“Everything is falling into place nicely, thanks to the hard work of the members of our fundraiser committee,” said Joanne Doornink, gala committee chairwoman. “This is a fun event that has a serious purpose — to raise money to help our community. We encourage attendees to come dressed in business casual attire and be prepared to enjoy a unique experience.”

The event will start at 6 p.m. with cocktails. Made-to-order wood-fired pizza will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a wings bar, appetizers and desserts. A live auction will be held.

Following dinner, the annual Community Hero Award will be presented, and recent benefactors of foundation grants will be recognized.



Photo by Rob Zimmer Late summer and fall are peak season for colorful and vibrant ornamental grasses.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Elegant purple fountain grass is an excellent choice for containers, garden beds and borders for its spectacular fall display.

Late summer and early autumn are prime time for ornamental grasses to shine. As September arrives, the ornamental grasses begin to put on their spectacular fall show. Many are now just forming their elegant, feathery seed plumes, as well as blushing with the colors of the new season.

Perennial ornamental grasses, native grasses, as well as annual ornamental selections are at their peak at summer’s end, transforming into all their rich, graceful glory during September.

In reds, purple, blue, orange and gold, ornamental grasses provide not only a colorful and beautiful addition to the garden bed and border, but grace, texture and vertical interest, as well.

Many annual ornamental grasses, those that do not over winter in our area, are heavily used as showy accent plants and specimen centerpiece showstoppers in fall garden displays.


A change in the air

There is a subtle change in the air, a certain undeniable notion that something is different. Every single year around this time, my heart starts to take on that familiar heaviness and I get to feeling melancholy.

It hit me quite sharply when our daughter was looking through her supplies and ordering books. I realized with a jolt that it was almost time for her to leave for her last year of college. Other moms feel the same way, I’ve discovered.

We were talking to friends of ours after church one day. “You getting ready to head back to college?” I inquired of their daughter, standing close by. Her mom turned to me just then and I saw my own momma’s heart reflected in her eyes; immediately there was a bright sheen to them.

Quietly, I murmured, “They can be 5 years old or in their 20s, it doesn’t matter, does it?”

Intuitively, we looked at each other, an understanding that required no words.


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