Community

Sat
28
Nov

Thoughts already beginning to turn toward Christmas

Murphy’s law says that everything that can go wrong will, and at the worst possible moment. That hasn’t always been true for me, but lately I have begun to wonder.

I am planning on the family gathering here for Thanksgiving; it seems that has been the pattern over the past few years. On Monday I noticed there was water on the floor between the toilet and the cabinet. A closer look confirmed that the toilet was leaking.

I called my local plumber, only to find he is gone for the week on vacation. Well, I guess everyone needs vacation now and then. I tried a couple of other plumbers and found that everyone is busy this week, and those that aren’t busy, are hunting.

So, that leaves me with a leaky toilet and a houseful of company. In perspective, I realize that it is not the major problem I first thought it to be. After all, it is family and they will understand, and besides, if all else fails, I do have another bathroom that can be used.

Sat
28
Nov

UW-Eau Claire jazz band coming to Shawano

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz II band will stop in Shawano on Monday as part of its annual tour.

The Eau Claire students will conduct classes with Shawano Community High School jazz students in the afternoon and then perform in concert in the evening.

“This is a great opportunity for all our jazz students to not only learn from some of the best college jazz musicians in the Midwest but also be able to learn about some of the musical opportunities available to them in college,” said Christopher Kent, SCHS jazz band director.

Senior trumpet player Julia Beck said, “I’ve competed with my band at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival for three years, and last year we won for the first time ever. To get to play on the same stage with these college musicians is exciting.”

In the concert, the Shawano students will perform some of the numbers that they featured at the recent Dinner Dance shows.

Thu
26
Nov

Thankful to be alive


Photo by Carol Wagner Cory Huffman was involved in a devastating car accident just over a year ago. He is still recuperating and getting support from his sister, Whitney, left, his mother, Vicki, and his niece, Amara, 3.

Thanksgiving was very special for Cory Huffman and his family last year — and will be again this year — after he was nearly killed in an automobile accident on Oct. 11, 2014.

After seven weeks in the hospital, Huffman was released in time to be with his family for the holiday.

“Thanksgiving was pretty amazing last year,” said his mother, Vicki.

Huffman, who had been drinking before driving, missed a curve in the road and was ejected from the 2004 Ford Taurus when it crashed. Two other men in the car suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, but Huffman, 26, suffered broken vertebrae in his neck and back, three broken ribs, a lacerated liver, crushed cheekbones and sinus cavities, broken collarbone and shoulder, broken eye socket, punctured lung and a traumatic brain injury.

“They don’t know how he got out of the car,” Vicki said, noting the windows were all intact and the door was closed. “I woke up at 3 a.m. and knew something happened.”

Thu
26
Nov

Library has full schedule of programs in December

The Shawano City-County Library has several free programs available in December.

Children’s programs are Baby & Me at 10 a.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15; story time at 10 a.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16; and Gather ‘Round at 10 a.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Santa Storytime will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Children will enjoy stories and activities about penguins and have a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your wish list and camera! All children in attendance will receive a free book.

During students’ winter break, drop-in crafts will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Dec. 28-31. Participants will make snowmen, mittens, snowflakes and more.

A free lunch for those under age 18 will be available beginning at 11 a.m. on craft days, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thu
26
Nov

ThedaCare issues flu vaccination reminder

ThedaCare is urging area residents to protect family, friends and community this winter by getting the influenza vaccination and then encouraging others to do the same by sharing #igottheshot on social media.

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a respiratory illness with coughing, congestion, fever, aches and pains. The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated against influenza.

ThedaCare encourages people, when they get their flu shot, to share the news on social media using #igottheshot.

“The hope is people will notice their friends and family members getting vaccinated and then do the same,” said Dr. Adam Olson, a family medicine physician at ThedaCare Physicians-Darboy. “Vaccinations not only protect the person receiving but also slow the spread of the disease in the community, especially helping those who can’t be vaccinated, such as infants or people with compromised immune systems.”

Sat
14
Nov

Helping others is the apple of her eye

The top two words for this week are animals and apples. I had made a promise to a granddaughter that I would find a weekend to teach her the process of making applesauce. She had eaten homemade applesauce but never had made any.

The fall was passing by, with all weekends busy, and when we slipped into November, I knew this was the time. So I called a local apple grower to see if apples were available. They were, so I went and bought a bushel of the huge Wolf River variety. I thought about getting two bushels, but knowing that I tend to overdo, I settled for one.

Sunday was the appointed day for applesauce making, and I started cutting them up, coring them and getting them into huge kettles. For some reason, one of the kettles cooked much faster than the other, but they were soft and mushy and ready for the next process of getting pressed through the food mill. Just in time the student arrived.

Sat
14
Nov

Newborns and their mothers

The other night, as we were getting cows in, we noticed one cow did not come in. She is always one of the first ones in the barn every morning and night. Due in about 10 days, she had not shown much sign of looming birth. Usually their udders swell noticeably, and they may leak milk or get antsy. She had no symptoms, but the fact that she wasn’t in the barn as usual gave us pause to think something was definitely up.

My husband went back out to scout the pasture and, sure enough, there she was with her little calf, tucked away in the back corner, in the farthest spot she could be. Why do they always choose the hardest place to get to? It must be intuitive.

Years ago when our yellow lab, Diamond, gave birth to her puppies, she chose to hide in the crawl space under our laundry room floor. I remember we had looked the farm over high and low and finally discovering her, left her alone until the next day.

Sat
14
Nov

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Kathy Tucker and her daughters all help out for events at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena. Shown are, from left, Ruthie, Riley, Kathy and Rayna.

Kathy Tucker make pies for the Christmas Bazaar at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena. She was born in Antigo and graduated from Menominee Indian High School.

Tucker attended college for a year and then began a job at the Menominee Tribal Clinic, where she has worked for 30 years and is currently the coding specialist in the billing department.

She has been married for 20 years to Lyle, who is house manager at Maehnowesekiyah Treatment Center by Middle Village. They live in Keshena with their three daughters, Rayna, 20, a student at College of Menominee Nation; Ruthie, 15, at Shawano Community High School; and Riley, 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Their free time is spent at basketball practices and games. Lyle has coached all the girls at Sacred Heart and is now finishing up with Riley.

Q What do you do for the Christmas Bazaar?

Sat
14
Nov

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Several women were honored recently for their commitment to Home and Community Education for 55 years and more: from left, seated, Joyce Souba, 56 years, Jeanette Pitt, 60 years, Marge Ainsworth, 63 years; standing, Marcy Rosenow, 57 years, Joyce Natzke, 59 years, and Tillie Kallies, 56 years.

Home and Community Education is celebrating 75 years in the state of Wisconsin this year and recognizing members who have been part of it for 55 or more years. In Shawano County, 15 members were honored.

“I think our county had the most,” said Helen Raddant, local HCE president.

Each member was presented with a certificate and a charm. Since none of the members from Shawano County attended the state convention in September in Stevens Point, some of them received their awards at the group’s annual fall meeting at the courthouse.

HCE provides educational programs about current and future social, economic, and environmental needs, and helps develop leadership and decision-making skills.

“A lot of people don’t know we’re out there,” Raddant said.

Fri
13
Nov

Girl Scouts raise cookie prices

A box of Girl Scout cookies will cost 50 cents more this year.

The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Lakes announced this week that the price of cookies will increase from $3.50 per box to $4 per box. The increase is the first in over seven years for the council and is intended to offset increasing costs of running the cookie program, said Patti Denton, the organization’s chief financial officer.

“Our baker’s price for the cookies, as well as the cost of delivering the cookie program has continued to rise. After seven years of holding our price, we felt that it was time to make a modest increase to offset these additional costs and enable our girls and troops to remain profitable,” Denton said in a press release. “This increase allows us to both continue to provide a healthy revenue stream back to our council and to better support girls in running a profitable cookie business to help fund their Girl Scout adventures like camp and troop trips.”

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