Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner A Tea and Trunk Show featuring clothing and artifacts from the Shawano County Historical Society will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Hall on Feb. 28. Jesse Borlen stands by a mannequin while Joan Wohler sits next to another in a 1920s baseball uniform.

If you’ve ever wondered what kinds of artifacts are at the Shawano County Historical Society, a Tea and Trunk Show featuring vintage clothing and other accoutrements will be held Feb. 28 at First Presbyterian Church Hall in Shawano.

Volunteers Jesse Borlen, director of the museum and artifacts, and Joan Wohler, head archivist, have spent months getting the display ready.

“For a long time, we’ve been trying to think how to display our clothes that are stacked in closets,” Borlen said.

Included in the display will be a 1920s baseball uniform, men’s and women’s clothing, and a top hat that belonged to the late Judge Charles Dillett.

“There will be about 100 items,” Borlen said. “Some people should recognize the names of the people who wore them.”


Girls and Books

After we saw our last one off to college, I had planned to broaden my horizons by reading a little more and doing something for myself. Farming has a way of deterring from that notion very readily.

After a full day of winter farm chores, I come into our nice warm house just wanting to collapse at night. But I pushed myself to ask a few friends what they thought of starting a book club, something I had in the back of my mind for quite a while.

There seemed to be interest so another gal and I decided on a time and place to meet. She asked several of her friends and I asked several of mine. The end result was altogether we have anywhere from eight to 12 ladies meeting once a month at a local restaurant.

Some of us have a glass of wine or a mug of beer before we eat, some have a soda while others have a mixed drink. When we are seated at the table, we order our meal, and as we wait, discuss the book on the agenda that night.


Free reading for the taking

Photo by Grace Kirchner Hailey Burmeister is helping to fill the Little Free Library at 140 N. Main St., Clintonville. The library was constructed by Ryan Lohff.

Little Free Libraries have come to Clintonville. There is one located at the home of Mike and Sarah Hankins, 80 Rohrer St., and another at 140 N. Main St., the home of Grace Kirchner.

Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library in Hudson in 2009. He put it in his front yard as a tribute to his mother, a former teacher and lifelong reader. Five years later, there are more than 10,000 Little Free Libraries in 50 countries around the world.

The libraries, approximately 2 feet by 2 feet, run on the honor system — “Take a Book, Return a Book” — and are stocked with a variety of books, which change often.

“Our library was a gift from a son-in law,” Sarah Hankins said. “We were at a football game when they installed our library at the curb. Mike is a big reader and he has boxes and boxes of books.”

Little Free Libraries spark a sense of community, organizers say. They help bring neighborhoods together and they can be a way of sharing good things to read.


Time-share among Gresham Dollars for Scholars prizes

John and Diane Bauman, of Gresham, are donating a time-share to the Gresham Scholarship Fund annual banquet fundraiser March 28.

The event typically raises from $12,000 to $14,000 for scholarships for Gresham Secondary School graduates. Students who apply for a GSF scholarship and have a C or better average receive $1,200 scholarships.

The time-share package includes a four- to seven-day stay at a two-bedroom condo at one of more than 60 resorts in 21 states, including destinations such as Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Williamsburg, Charleston, Gatlinburg and Daytona Beach.

The winner of the bid can pick the resort and the date. The value of the vacation special is estimated at $2,100 or more. A $1,000 minimum bid is requested.

If you would like to place a bid but will not attend the banquet, call John Bauman at 715-787-3868.

Bauman will meet with the winner to do the booking and confirm the reservation.


Coffeehouse introduces open mic night

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Dale Kakkak, of Keshena, performs folk music at Glas’ open mic night Tuesday. The coffeehouse holds open mic night from 5-7:30 Tuesdays.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Open mic night host Joel Kroenke plays his harmonica to keep the music flowing Tuesday at Glas The Green Coffeehouse. The coffeehouse holds open mic night from 5-7:30 Tuesdays.

Although only a few weeks old, the open mic night at Glas, The Green Coffeehouse already has provided some memorable moments and pleasant surprises.

Organizers hope it’s just the start of filling a Tuesday night niche for the community.

The coffeehouse opened in the Cellcom building at 511 N. Main St. in October. It held its first open mic night Jan. 7.

“It is something to do on a Tuesday night that is community oriented,” Glas manager Tana Kilbourn said. “You get together with friends, have some coffee and listen to music.”

The Shawano location is Cellcom’s third Glas, which is the Gaelic word for green and reflects the company’s Irish heritage and commitment to being environmentally friendly. The local Cellcom retail store is in the same building.

Kilbourn said Glas locations in Sturgeon Bay and Sheboygan also have open mic nights.

“We really wanted to try it here and see how it went,” Kilbourn said.


Local 4-H team wins dairy quiz bowl

Contributed Photo Members of the Shawano County 4-H senior team who won the State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl on Feb. 7 are, from left, Ben Schmidt, Mason Jauquet, Kaila Wussow, Jen Krull and coach Heather Jauquet. They will advance to the national competition in November in Kentucky.

A team of local 4-H club members won its division of the State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl in Portage on Feb. 7 and will advance to the national competition.

Four local teams participated in the contest.

Members of the winning senior team were Ben Schmidt, Bonduel, Mason Jauquet, Pulaski, Kaila Wussow, Bonduel, and Jen Krull, Bonduel. They will compete in the national dairy quiz bowl in November in Louisville, Kentucky.

Krull and Wussow were part of the original group that started competing in 2006 under the guidance of coach Nicolle Wussow.

Current coaches for the team are Heather Jauquet, Pulaski, and Sara Harbaugh, Marion.

The competition consists of four-person teams, ages 9-17. The students are asked individual and “toss-up” questions, where they must be the first to buzz in to answer. The questions all pertain to dairy industry topics, such as milking equipment, diseases, feeding and nutrition, and marketing/business.


Shawano woman joins Big Brothers Big Sisters board

Traci Hutchcraft and Gerald Henley were recently named to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin board of directors for 2015.

“Their individual experiences will make our board of directors well-rounded and stronger as we continue to meet the challenges of serving the youth of our community,” said Todd McPeek, executive director of the agency.

Hutchcraft is a long-term support case manager with Shawano County Human Services. She has been a Big Sister for over 10 years and previously worked as an enrollment specialist for the agency.

Hutchcraft is credited with the expansion of services to Shawano County in 2014, one of only a few counties not being served by any Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. She lives in Shawano with her husband, Neil, and children, Calvin and Kate. They enjoy spending time on Shawano Lake and attending local events.


RHI annual fundraiser sells out

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Kristy Sipple, of Shawano, and Jess Bosman, of Slab City, taste test a glass of wine during the 11th annual Wine and Cheese Tasting fundraiser to benefit the Rural Health Initiative. The event was held at The Main Event in Cecil.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Shawano residents Brenda Sisung, Samantha Sensig and John Asenbrener sample wine during the 11th annual Wine and Cheese Tasting fundraiser Friday at The Main Event in Cecil.

Good health and good fare were the focus Friday at the Rural Health Initiative’s 11th annual Wine and Cheese Tasting fundraiser at the Main Event in Cecil.

The event raises about $15,000 annually for the organization.

RHI, a nonprofit organization that has served Shawano County since 2003, sends trained health professionals on “house calls” to farms. It was launched in 2003 by a group of 30 Shawano area residents with collaboration from ThedaCare.

“We bring our services to the kitchen table,” said Rhonda Strebel, executive director of the Rural Health Initiative in Shawano County. “We go to farm families out on the farm. They don’t always have the time to get in because of their work, whether it is in a clinic or hospital.”

Services provided by RHI include health screenings, including tests for cholesterol and diabetes, along with education materials, Strebel said.


Lenten program aims to sustain body and soul

Photo by Carol Wagner Five churches in Shawano will host an ecumenical hour, “Soup & Substance,” focused on the Gospel during Lent. Shown, from left, are Pastor Allen Christensen, Shawano United Methodist, Pastor Marty Black, Peace United Church of Christ, Pastor Susan Phillips, First Presbyterian, and Lois Renner, lay person from St. John’s Episcopal. Missing is the Rev. Luke Ferris, Sacred Heart.

Five churches in Shawano will be participating in a one-hour ecumenical Gospel-sharing called “Soup & Substance” during Lent, which begins next week on Ash Wednesday.

The idea came from clergy in Marinette who have worked together on a similar program.

“The format of each church hosting one of the weekly lunches and also leading the scriptural discussion seemed balanced between the churches and interesting,” said the Rev. Luke Ferris, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church who brought the idea to Shawano.

The first program will be held at noon Thursday at Shawano United Methodist Church, 100 Engel Drive. Pastor Allen Christensen will lead the discussion of the Gospel for the coming Sunday.

“The discussion will depend on the direction of the local pastor,” Ferris said.

Most of the pastors plan to have a presentation of the Gospel and then ask questions to draw various responses from the audience.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano Rotary President Glen Gilbert, left, is shown with Livia, an exchange student from Brazil, Grecia, a former exchange student from Peru, and Cap Wallrich, who is in charge of the youth exchange program.

The Rotary student foreign exchange program has been working well in Shawano for several years. It is just one of the many ways the Shawano Rotary Club helps locally and internationally.

“Shawano has generally hosted an inbound student,” President Glen Gilbert said.

This year’s exchange student, Livia, is from Brasil. In other years, students from Sweden, Chile, Peru and Italy have spent a year of high school in Shawano. (Rotary policy prohibited officials from giving the Leader full names of exchange students.)

Grecia, who is from Peru, was here five years ago and came back for a visit.

“I loved it, that’s why I’m back,” she said.

Students from here haven’t gone abroad, though.

“We’ve had trouble getting people interested,” Gilbert said.


Subscribe to RSS - Community