Youth Conservation Field Day scheduled

A Youth Conservation Field Day for fifth-graders in Shawano County schools will be held Thursday at Navarino Nature Center.

The day’s educational activities will touch on topics such as wetlands and soils, ATV and boater safety, forestry and forest fire control, wildlife, fisheries, agriculture and alternative energy.

The day is designed to get students outside, introduce them to natural resources careers, help them understand conservation and preservation practices, and help them develop an appreciation for the outdoors.

Agencies and presenters cooperating in the field day, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., are the Shawano County Land Conservation Department and Land Conservation Committee, Navarino Nature Center, Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service.


Bike the Barn Quilts expands in 4th year

The fourth annual Bike the Barn Quilts will take place on Sept. 24. New this year are a 5K and 10K walk/run and “mini-quilts.”

Organized by Shawano Pathways, all of the day’s events are designed to be recreational and family friendly. This year’s theme is “Generosity in Motion.”

All events start and end at Memorial Athletic Park, 909 S. Lincoln St., in Shawano. The $25 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, incentive, lunch, maps, signed routes, food and water stations, support vehicles and music. Vendors will also be at the park with a number of items available for purchase.

The bike rides vary in distance from 5-70 miles. Riders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Each ride features many of the over 300 barn quilts in Shawano County. Depending on the bike ride chosen, participants will view three to 30 quilts.

The 70- and 40-mile rides begin at 8 a.m. All other rides start at 9 a.m. with 5-minute intervals.



Photo by Rob Zimmer Highbush cranberry viburnum is an excellent shrub selection for striking fall color, year-round interest and bountiful berries for the birds.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Native dogwoods provide abundant berries during late summer, fall and winter for migrating and resident birds.

As trees and shrubs begin to change colors, berries and fruits begin to ripen, perfect timing to attract and provide nutritious food for millions of migrating birds that are already beginning to pass through.

Migrating songbirds, including catbirds, robins, thrushes, bluebirds, orioles, waxwings and more, depend upon berries as a precious source of energy as they wing south.

As gardeners, there are a number of wonderful choices of berry producing shrubs available that we can incorporate into our landscapes to supplement wild fruits and berries and draw the birds in closer.

Many of these shrubs also provide spectacular fall color in scarlet, bronze, gold, orange and other favorite autumn hues.

Fall is the best time of year to purchase and plant trees and shrubs.


ThedaCare groups give Boys and Girls Club a boost

Contributed Photo After ThedaCare-Shawano Physicians and their partners at the Menominee Tribal Clinic contributed $10,000, the Community Health Action Team led by ThedaCare matched the amount to help the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano. Shown, from left, are Paula Morgen, ThedaCare; Dr. Mindy Frimodig, ThedaCare; and Nancy Schultz, Boys and Girls Club advisory board member.

The Boys and Girls Club of Shawano recently received $20,000 to help the the new program get off to a strong start.

Dr. Mindy Frimodig led the charge to raise $10,000 from ThedaCare-Shawano Physicians and their partners at the Menominee Tribal Clinic. The Community Health Action Team led by ThedaCare agreed to match the donation.

The donation was announced at the Boys and Girls Club Founders Campaign kickoff on July 28. The group has set a goal of raising $100,000 goal for year one and pledges for years two and three.

The club will begin providing after-school programming for Shawano School District children in grades 3-5 Jan. 2 at Olga Brener Immediate School. Sessions will be held from 3:20-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Organizers expect to serve about 50 students in the program’s first year, grow to 100 students thereafter and expand to Shawano Community Middle School when funding allows.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner At their August meeting parents, leaders, and members of the Brener Youthful Workers 4-H Club filled backpacks for one of their community service projects. Those attending are, from left, seated, Sarah Magee, Isabel Roloff, Rose Cavanaugh, Phoenix Seubert and Marquette Seubert; standing, Theresa Marquette, Courtney Parker, Emma Magee, Jenifer Hoffman, Lindsey Roloff, Chris Parker, Lauren Roloff, Megan Jessup, Lydia Dobberstein, Jeff Roloff, Nicole Cavanaugh, Dallas Seubert, Doug Marquette, Eli Magee, Rachel Marquette and Shelly Dobberstein.

The Brener Youthful Workers 4-H Club is sometimes misconstrued as a city club.

“I hear that a lot,” general leader Sarah Magee said.

The members, who range in age from 9 to 18, actually cover a wide variety of projects, including swine, dogs, sheep, rabbits, photography and shooting sports, to name a few.

“Our club’s biggest focus is community service,” said Magee, who has been the leader for 10 years.

Members have a food drive in summer at Charlie’s County Market for the Shawano Area Food Pantry and Resource Center. They also donate 25 to 30 backpacks fully stocked with school supplies to school each year. Generally they pick a school outside of Shawano but in the county. They have an ongoing service project of making Veterans Day and Christmas cards for residents of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.

The members also make tie blankets for nursing home residents.

“The kids like doing that,” Magee said.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Pat Brusky, dairy co-superintendent for the Shawano County Fair, points to the new dividers erected in the cattle barns this year.

Pat Brusky is co-superintendent for dairy at the Shawano County Fair.

He was born in the town of Lessor. After graduating from Pulaski High School, he started farming.

“I never did anything else and can’t imagine doing anything else,” he said. “The fair is my vacation.”

He has a 250-acre farm and rents another 120 acres. The farm has 60 registered Holstein cows, 60 young stock and some steers.

Brusky and his wife, Jolene, have four children and three grandchildren and another on the way. He makes wood and maple syrup.

Q Where do you volunteer?

A “For 10 or 12 years I helped the previous superintendent, who stepped down. They needed a superintendent so Jeff Styczynski and I do it together. We have done it for 12 years and I have been on the fair board for 10 years.”

Q What do you do?


Writer visits Ark Encounter, Creation Museum

The first day of my trip to the Ark Encounter was spent in bus travel. The day was longer than expected due to road construction, which cause an hour delay. However, the day itself seemed to go by fast, sharing with friends on the bus. Some of us had taken the same journey four years earlier, to the Creation Museum, but now the Ark was done, and the trip to the Cincinnati, Ohio, was our destination.

On Tuesday we boarded the bus for a 45-minute drive over the border to Kentucky and to the Ark Encounter. Once we arrived, the bus was guided to through the long and winding driveway, and soon the ark came into view. We disembarked at the spot where most pictures are taken of new arrivals. There are benches provided, with a pond behind, and the ark in the background.


Technology on the farm

On our farm, technology is running faster than we are. Between my husband and me, we are usually on the tail end when it comes to our phones or the computer or any other electronic device we might have to face. As far as I’m concerned, I figure I know just enough to be dangerous.

I’ve told my husband he needs to start learning how to find his way around on the computer because a lot of stuff is done online these days. He proudly claims he does not even know how to turn it on. I’ve told him, “Honey, sometimes ignorance is not bliss.”

For years, my husband has had a flip-phone cellphone. He’s never needed anything more. He just wanted it for calling and receiving calls; no texting, no voice mail, nothing. Keeping it as simple as possible, he was happy as a clam.


Mielke to host ‘An Evening on Broadway’

Daddy D Productions will present “An Evening on Broadway!” on the Mielke Arts Center stage at 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

Songs from “Wicked,” “Miss Saigon,” “Godspell” and more will fill the “box in the woods” with music. The troupe also incorporates family friendly comedy skits into its shows.

Daddy D Productions, which started almost 10 years ago, is led by Darren Johnson.

The Shawano County Arts Council is sponsoring the show. Proceeds will fund future productions at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano.

There is general seating; no reservations needed. Tickets are $20 and available at chamber of commerce offices in Shawano and Clintonville, at the door the night of the show and online at


Workshop focuses on helping caregivers

Area residents who are taking care of a family member or friend are invited to a six-week workshop this fall to help them deal with the stress and emotions they face.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free educational workshop sponsored by the Shawano County Human Services – Aging Unit and Atrium Health and Senior Living.

The workshop is directed specifically to caregivers and their well-being. It does not teach hands-on care or focus on disease conditions.

Classes meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning on Oct. 4 at the Fellman Center, 607 E. Elizabeth St., Shawano.

The Powerful Tools program was developed by Legacy Healthy Systems at the University of Oregon, Portland, and is based on the Living Well With Chronic Conditions program created by Dr. Kate Lorig and colleagues at Stanford University.


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