‘Wonderland’ comes to living room near you

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Heads are about to roll at the command of Mary Madsen, portraying the Queen of Hearts, as David Stuewer, portraying the King of Hearts, looks on in the second act of “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.” The musical premieres Thursday at the Mielke Arts Center.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Makayla Easley, portraying Alice, reacts to the antics in the courtroom as Hunter Krolow, portraying Lewis Carroll in the garb of the Mad Hatter, during a scene from “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.” The show takes place in Lewis Carroll’s home as the author frantically tries to write a play based on his now-famous book.

Fans of the book “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll enjoy being whisked away to a magical place with talking caterpillars and white rabbits fearful of being late.

In the musical “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland,” the magical place is brought home — literally.

The show is the latest production of the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild and opens Thursday at the Mielke Arts Center. It was a last-minute replacement after the rights to the planned show, “Annie,” couldn’t be secured due to a national tour taking place.

Despite the short prep time, Box in the Wood wanted to produce a show that could include some of the children from its summer workshop, according to director Char Stuewer. There are 25 cast members, most under the age of 18.

“This has a lot of humor,” Stuewer said. “It’s smart. A lot of the dialogue and songs are based on Lewis Carroll’s writings.”


Library programs look at homeless, poverty

The Shawano City-County Library will host the exhibit “(In)Visible: Homelessness in Appleton” from July 18 to Aug. 1. The traveling exhibit is on loan from the History Museum at the Castle.

(In)Visible features over 150 photographs taken from November 2015 through April 2016 by people in the Appleton area that are homeless or near homeless. Along with the photographs, journal entries demonstrate their lives and struggles in looking for stable housing.

Two presentations will be held at Shawano City-County Library to accompany the opening of the display.

At 6 p.m. July 18, Nick Hoffman, chief curator at History Museum at the Castle, and Lindsay Fenlon, from Project RUSH, will share insight into how the exhibit came to be.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner The Waterways Association of Menominee and Shawano Counties is a cooperative effort to maintain and restore waterways in the two counties. President Shanda Hubertus and treasurer Art Freiberg are by shown by Hubertus‘ home on Long Lake.

There is strength in numbers, which is what the Waterways Association of Menominee and Shawano County has in mind as it works to maintain and restore waterways in the two counties.

WAMSCO is made up of lake and river organizations, businesses and individuals.

The group is awaiting its nonprofit status, which will help them secure grants for projects such as improving water quality and restoring shoreline.

“WAMSCO provides a combining of resources from all the different lakes and associations in order to get grants to get help to take care of the waterways,” said Art Freiberg, WAMSCO treasurer and member of the Red Lakes Management District. “The realization as property owners on the lakes is we have a responsibility to take proper care and management of waterways.”

President Shanda Hubertus, who is also a member of the Long Lake Association of Shawano County, lives on Long Lake in a house that was her grandfather’s.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Diane Lohff is a member of the Shawano Optimist Club and in charge of the Mountain Bay 5K Run/Walk volunteers.

Diane Lohff is a member of the Shawano Optimist Club and in charge of the Mountain Bay 5K Run/Walk volunteers.

She is a native of Cecil and graduated from Bonduel High School. Lohff attended Bellin College of Nursing and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, earning a degree in science and nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 31 years, including 12 in administration with ThedaCare Physicians.

Lohff started her career at Shawano Community Hospital, which became Shawano Medical Center and then ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. She works on the medical/surgical floor.

Lohff has vegetable and flower gardens, and enjoys watching her grandson.

She and her husband, Randy, a carpenter/builder, have been married 30 years. They have three children and one grandchild, and they live in the town of Washington.

Q How long have you been in the Optimist Club?

A “It’s only seven years. I’m one of the younger members.”

Q Why did you join?


Plenty going on at the Mielke this summer

Jumpin’ July! This is the month when we celebrate summer with fireworks, swimming and camping, or just relaxing and enjoying the warm weather that we relish here in Wisconsin. With school starting for some in August, July is the vacation month for most families.

As you know, my husband and I enjoy doing classic car shows, and we had an enjoyable time at the Bonduel show on the 3rd. We then watched their Fourth of July parade with our granddaughters, daughter and friends. Got a little sunburn, too. All a part of the summer experience!


Building a sturdy fence

Throughout our planning for the sale of our cows, we prepared in depth for the next phase of life here on the farm. This decision to sell our herd of dairy cows was not a spur of the moment thing, not at all. It was accomplished with much deliberating, planning and prayer. Especially lots of prayer.

Last winter, my husband was busy harvesting cedar posts from our woods, as he had time, to use in putting up a sturdy fence to keep our growing herd of Black Angus secure. He’d haul those big posts home, our pickup truck groaning with the weight. He’d stack them on the concrete platform where our kids had once played basketball, the hoop still there. A little worse for wear, but still there.

Those cedar posts were stacked uniformly 10 in one direction, 10 in another, until there was a hefty pile of approximately 100 cedar posts. There they waited for the time when we would build our fence.


Battling ants and bugs of different varieties

The ants were late this year, not showing up until late June. They were also lost, as they weren’t on the kitchen counters or the desk, as they have been in past years. Rather, they showed up in the living room, and then expanded to the bathroom. I had my bottle of special tonic for them, and they seem to be gone, at least for now.

When they were dispatched, a different, more malicious type of bug appeared in my computer. I received a warning that my email address and my password were appearing together in ID theft sites. Getting rid of that particular pest seemed a bit more daunting. It was suggested that I change my password.

Well, I am not a computer whiz kid, so that meant I had to call my internet service provider. During that call, I figured out that while I have that provider, I get into email with Mozilla Thunderbird, so my provider told me to call them, and provided a number.


Condo gardens on Safe Haven walk

Photo by Carol Wagner River Ridge Condominiums will be in the Safe Haven Garden Walk this year. Garden Walk team leaders, from left, front row, Clifford “Hap’” Allen, Barbara Beyer and her dog, BB; back row, Sharon Schrader, Debbie Stezenski, Debbie Werner and Ellen Ramlet.

The public will be invited to see the well-manicured gardens at River Ridge Condominiums in Shawano during the 15th annual Safe Haven Garden Walk on Saturday.

Most of the gardens are on the Wolf River side of the 22-unit condos at 1135 S. Main St.

“Our backyard is someone else’s front yard,“ said Clifford “Hap” Allen, president of the River Ridge Condominium Association and garden walk team leader. “Each of us has our area that we take care of.”

At the winter meeting of the association, the idea was presented as a way to continue to support Safe Haven, a domestic abuse and sexual assault support center. They decided to show their gardens, which include flowers, plants, shrubs and tress.

“Most gardens are done by gardeners,” Allen said. “The mowing is contracted.”

Eight trees have been planted in memory of people who have lived at River Ridge and passed away. There are also gardens that were started by those who have moved away.


They’re not horsin’ around

Contributed Photo Anna Beaumier enjoys the faster pace of English pleasure riding with her horse, Little Okie Dokie. “It is fast, and I like fast,” Anna said.

Contributed Photo Anna Beaumier and Little Okie Dokie compete in Western pleasure and other categories at horse shows in Wisconsin. The family will travel to the International Buckskin Horse Association World Show in Indiana later this month.

A 10-year-old Cecil girl has been galloping her way through the ranks of the International Buckskin Horse Association.

Anna Beaumier, who has been riding for three years and competing for two, has already made quite a name for herself in the Wisconsin Buckskin Horse Association, winning dozens of awards with her 9-year-old quarter horse, LittleOkie Dokie.

Anna, daughter of Jennie and Bill Beaumier, and Little Okie Dokie ranked 14th last year in the world points standings of their division for Buckskin events. They’ve already accumulated 30 points this year and hope to build on that when they compete later this month at the IBHA World Show in Cloverdale, Indiana.

Anna qualified for the World Show with her performance before multiple judges at WBHA shows.

“This summer they have really been hitting their stride as a team,” said Bill Beaumier, a Shawano County sheriff’s deputy. “They are awesome as a team, and they are going to keep getting better.”



Photo by Rob Zimmer Wild parsnip is one of the most dangerous and threatening of all plants in Wisconsin. Contact with the plant’s juices upon the skin causes severe burning and blistering when exposed to even minimal sunlight.

Photo by Rob Zimmer The foliage and stalks of wild parsnip are celery-like in appearance.

The summer season has arrived, and with the heat and high temperatures, a variety of threatening plant pests.

These plants, just like many animal species, have developed effective defenses to protect themselves from predators.

While in most cases, this means keeping themselves safe from browsing deer, rabbits and other mammals, a few plants have produced defensive measures strong enough to threaten and ward off humans.

Wild parsnip, nettles and poison ivy are at their peak in midsummer, and it’s important that gardeners and outdoor lovers throughout the area are able to identify these toxic plants.

Each is capable of inflicting severe dermatitis, blistering, swelling and worse if exposed to human skin. While some people are more susceptible than others, it is important to know how to identify these plants, where they are found, and to keep clear.

Controlling dangerous plants


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