Community

Fri
11
Mar

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Robert Buss is a Big Brothers volunteer. He and his little brother, Jacob “Turtle” Beauprey, got to spend some time together Sunday.

Robert Buss is a Big Brothers volunteer.

He is a Shawano native and graduated from Shawano High School.

Buss worked as a bartender at the family business, Limestsone Castle, then moved to Beaver Dam for four years. He attended Moraine Park Technical College and worked at Old Hickory Country Club. Buss then worked in marketing for Beacons of Minocqua for two years in Beaver Dam. He returned to Shawano and worked at the Limestone Castle for two years, then became the general manager for Wendy’s in Shawano and Green Bay. For the past 13 years, he has been a salesman at the family business, Buss Chevrolet, in Shawano.

Buss and his wife, Sharon, who works at KI in Bonduel, have been married 29 years and have two grown sons. They live in Shawano and are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano, and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Fri
11
Mar

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The Wolf River Basketry Guild meets at the Masonic Lodge in Shawano. The members include, from left, front row, Jean Gille, Mark Hendrickson, Joanne Hendrickson and Betty Melichar; second row, Judi Raddant, Barb Johnson, Laurie Heimann, Mary Conradt and Susan McIlraith; third row, Betty Gauslin, Lois Chabalowski, Mary Lewellin, Nan Chervenka and Linda Blessing.

At a meeting of the Wolf River Basketry Guild, there is a lot of activity. Supplies are in front of each participant while that meeting’s teacher walks around to help each member.

“Each month, one of the members will teach a class,” said Laurie Heimann, the club’s vice president.

Heimann has been a member of the guild for four years after getting to know one of the members and wanting to participate.

Each month’s pattern comes from a member or might be someone else’s that can be used with their approval. At the end of the meeting, each member has a completed basket. Some members sell them, and others give them away.

Mark Hendrickson joined the club to be with his wife, Joanne. He said it fits his art background.

“For me, it’s relaxing,” Hendrickson said. “I can spend a whole day weaving.”

The nearly 40 members come from all over Wisconsin, including Oshkosh, Green Bay, New Franken and Wausau.

Fri
11
Mar

Joe Jencks coming to Shawano for concert

Four more concerts were announced this week as part of the continuing Cotter Creek House Concert Series in Shawano County.

Chicago musician Joe Jencks takes the floor at 2 p.m. Sunday for the first concert. Jencks is part of the musical trio Brother Sun, which has performed previously at the Shawano Folk Music Festival.

Jencks has spent the last 12 years performing full time, with his venues ranging from intimate house concerts to larger venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Jencks draws on his Irish heritage to create the music he performs.

Ron Olesko, a radio deejay with WFDU-FM in New Jersey, describes Jencks as “the type of musician that will cause you to drop that morning newspaper or pull your car to the side of the road when you hear his songs. He is the type of artist that will turn heads in his direction when he walks onto a stage.”

Thu
10
Mar

Plans finalized for Relay for Life in April

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Shawano-Menominee will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 at Shawano Community High School.

The public is invited to join hundreds of volunteers and participants at the community event celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those lost to the disease and taking action to finish the fight against cancer.

The opening ceremony, which includes a special Survivors and Caregivers Lap, will begin at 9 a.m. Cancer survivors will receive a complimentary commemorative T-shirt and are encouraged to join the survivor lap.

A luminaria ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer will take place at noon.

The theme for the event this year is “Giving Cancer the Boot!” Attractions will include a bouncy house, large bucket drawing, games, concessions, disc jockey and more!

Sat
05
Mar

Maple syrup season opens tap on sweet memories

This time of year, it doesn’t take much more than a little sunshine and the sight of snow melting to turn our minds and hearts to spring. If the temperature should reach 40 or above, I am ready to dance a little jig, or at least imagine I am.

The surest sign is maple taps being put into maple trees to get that sweet sap and turn it into even sweeter maple syrup. It is something that I grew up a part of.

Those who grew up like me had a tough job walking away from the fun of trudging through muddy, ruddy woodland paths, slip-sliding on the partially melted snow, going from tree to tree to grab the pails and emptying them into a larger container.

From there, the containers were emptied into the huge, open sap pan, with a fire underneath. Three sides of the pan were sitting on rocks, but one end remained open, so Pa could keep feeding the fire and keep the sap cooking down.

Sat
05
Mar

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner John Loch, left, and Scott Cole are the guys behind Screamin’ Head Buzz LLC. They started Nutzz Charities, a 501c3 nonprofit to help charitable organizations.

John Loch and Scott Cole are the guys behind Screamin’ Head Buzz LLC. They started Nutzz Charities, a 501c3 nonprofit to help charitable organizations.

Loch grew up in Green Bay and lives in Cecil. He is a drywall contractor who has been married to Peggy for 41 years and has three children and two grandchildren.

Cole came from the state of Washington. He owns Reliable Building Maintenance, a commercial cleaning company, and lives on Shawano Lake with his girlfriend, Shari.

Q What is Screamin’ Head Buzz?

A Loch: “It’s an idea I had 30 years ago, and seven years ago, I trademarked it. Then recently we formed a 501c3, Nutzz Charities, so we can get corporate sponsors involved and get them a tax deduction. We have some nice corporate sponsors and people who volunteer their time. We started for charity.”

Sat
05
Mar

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Recently Bay Lakes Council executives and people involved in the Friends of Scouting campaign met at Shawano Four Seasons Resort to kick off the fundraising. Shown are, from left, front row, Kristin Ely-Bluemke, council development director, Dale Vannes, campaign chairman, Lee Bosdeck, campaign committee member, Dan Zierden, Town and Country Cleaners, and Neal Hinze, Johnson Bus; back row, Robert Buss, Buss Chevrolet, Charles Ketchum, Knights of Columbus, Stu Kohlin, AMVETS, Maggie Shelton, district executive, Sarah Graper, district director, and Kevin LeBeau, senior district executive.

The Shawano County Friends of Scouting recently kicked off its 2016 fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $7,000 for the Bay Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

“It’s an annual event in Scouting,” said Dale Vannes, campaign chairman.

He has a committee of people who will be going out and soliciting contributions from past and new supporters.

The cost of being a Boy Scout is $183 per year. The amount helps with camps and other expenses a Scout may incur and might not be able to afford on his own.

“We want to keep the program alive and well and growing,” said Vannes, who was a Boy Scout and a Scoutmaster.

Vannes emphasized his appreciation for the many people and businesses who have helped over the years. Some have been doing it for a number of years.

“Thanks to these people,” he said. “They’ve been pretty faithful every year.”

Sat
05
Mar

Seasonal events

Everyone experiences extraordinary busyness from time-to-time, and just now, I am in one of those crazy, hyperventilating seasons.

Substituting at the post office is my part-time occupation and lately I’ve been filling in six days a week for the past month for a gal who is filling in for a co-worker, who is out on maternity leave. (Confusing?) I appreciate this little job. It is rewarding and very satisfying, plus I enjoy getting to know the patrons who come in on a regular basis, chatting a bit here and there while we conduct business.

Before I go in to work, however, I must fulfill barn duties. That means getting up extra early to get done in time to get ready to leave for work. After coming home, I change clothes and get back out to the barn. I am telling myself, “It is temporary. It is only temporary. I can do this!”

Fri
04
Mar

Free Parkinson’s workshop to be held in Shawano

The Wisconsin Parkinson’s Association will hold a free workshop about the disease next month in Shawano.

“Parkinson’s Disease: The Basics and Beyond” will be presented from 1:30-3 p.m. April 12 in the River Room at Shawano City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can include tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, problems with balance, smaller handwriting, soft speech, dragging of feet and a decreased sense of smell. Parkinson’s is both chronic and progressive, and while there currently is no cure, the disease can be managed with exercise, medication, diet and nutrition.

At the workshop, Jeremy Otte, WPA’s director of outreach and education, will discuss the disease, available services and resources, and information about local support groups and treatment options.

Thu
03
Mar

Divine Savior observing 50th anniversary


Contributed Photo The Fox Valley Lutheran High School A Capella Choir, under the direction of Dan Vogel, provided special music for the Feb. 21 worship service at Divine Savior Lutheran Church, which is one of 42 congregations in the FVL Federation supporting secondary Christian education at the high school in Appleton.

Officially organized in 1966, Divine Savior Lutheran Church is celebrating 50 years of ministry in the Shawano area. With the theme, “The Lord is my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior,” 2016 has been designated a “Year of Jubilee” with special events planned throughout the year.

January focused on “Jesus Cares Ministries” that provide monthly worship services and Bible study opportunities for people with developmental disabilities from the Shawano area. Scheduled during the evening, worship services are on the second Thursday and Bible studies are on the fourth Thursday each month.

Bill Treubenbach, a staff minister from the national Jesus Cares Ministries office, conducted a special worship service at Divine Savior on Jan. 31 simulating a typical “Worship at the Cross” service designed for people with special needs.

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