Trick-or-treat times

Here’s a list of trick-or-treat hours in Shawano area communities:

Shawano: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Birnamwood: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Bonduel: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Bowler: 4-6 p.m. Sunday

Cecil: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Clintonville: 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Gillett: 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday

Gresham: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday

Marion: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Menominee Reservation: 3-6 p.m. Sunday

Pulaski: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday

Suring: 4-6 p.m. Sunday

Tigerton: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Wittenberg: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano Toys for Tots committee members include, from left, front row, Flo Withers, Mike Schuler, Melissa Schuler, Terry Moede; back row, Jody Johnson, Stacey Cicero, Pam Moede and Amy Olson. Not pictured are Marisa Rycroft and Robyn Shingler.

Volunteers and area businesses make Christmas merry for Shawano County children from birth to 15 years old through Toys for Tots.

The program is offered through the U.S. Marine Corps. Each local committee must adhere to specific rules and complete the same paperwork. All local cash donations are sent to Toys for Tots, go through a clearinghouse and are put in the Shawano account.

Local coordinator Terry Moede keeps a tally of everything, including the number of kids served and gifts given. He must also keep an inventory of leftover gifts, which are stored by Carrie Verkuilen at her business, Verkuilen Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

The 2017 campaign will start in early November when committee members will contact potential donors.

“We all have our places we visit,” Moede said. “We all pitch in and do what we can.”


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Dan Braun, third from right, is the director of the Board of Christian Service at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. The group provided the meal for the recent Community Dinner. Shown with Braun are, from left, Lynn Brodhagen, Chris Johnson, Chuck Dunnam, Jody Siahaan, Tina Singer, Kerry Piehl and Jean Umland. Not pictured are Bretta Carlton and Debra Downs.

Dan Braun volunteers for several programs at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. He was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School.

Braun earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and was a food service director in Minneapolis for five years. He returned to Shawano in 1989 to work for his father at Braun Dairy Equipment along with his brother, Mark. The brothers bought the business in 1995 and sold it in 2010.

Currently Braun works in internal audit services for the Menominee Nation. His wife of 27 years, Kathy, works part time at Shawano Lawn and Stone and State Farm Insurance. They live in the town of Wescott on the Wolf River where they enjoy boating, swimming and tubing when their two grown daughters are home.

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Thoughts of winter fill waning days of October

The way the wind is whipping around today, I am glad there is no snow with it. A good friend of mine, who lives in Glidden, noted on Facebook this morning that they were having some snow. Another friend posted a picture of the huge waves on Lake Superior; not a good day for being on the lake.

I do wonder at all the people who are moaning and groaning about the cold. I am thinking, let’s be thankful it has been a mild October up until now, and if the 70s are gone until next spring, that is to be expected. This is Wisconsin, after all.

Some folks I have talked to are already packing up to head south. More power to them. While I can’t say I love all aspects of winter, I can say with certainty that I don’t want to miss it, either. As I have shared many times in the past, I love and hate each season and am always pleased to see the old go and the new come.


October blessings

Through the years personal blessings have overflowed during the colorful month of October and as such, this month has always held a special place in my heart.

I married my high school sweetheart and best friend on Oct. 27, 1979. This year, we are celebrating 38 years together. When we first got married, his folks and we shared the expense of building a small home on the property that we moved into shortly after our wedding, about a mile away from the farm. The intent was that when the timing was right, we’d swap places. Oct. 1, 1988, we did just that. Neither my mother-in-law nor I really liked our new houses at first, but in time, we both grew to love them as we day-by-day transformed them into “home.”



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Members of the Shawano Community High School orchestra rehearse the “Avatar” suite Thursday morning at the school. The orchestra will perform songs from video games and movies at the 38th annual Golden Strings concert next week.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Jessica Nead concentrates as she rehearses the “Avatar” orchestral suite Thursday morning at Shawano Community High School. This will be the 38th year that the school’s orchestra has performed its Golden Strings concert for the community.

There are two things you can count on when the Shawano Community High School orchestra puts on its fall concert — the students developed the theme, and there are strings attached.

The 38th annual Golden Strings concert will take place Nov. 3-4, and this year’s theme is “Media Overload.” The group’s seniors came up with the idea for the concert, which will showcase songs from popular video games and films.

“We chose the idea for this at the end of last year,” senior Connor Angeli said.

The first half of the show will be dedicated to video games such as “Starcraft,” “Minecraft,” “Advent Rising” and the classic “Tetris.” After intermission, the show shifts to film scores from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter” and more.


Knights making plans for Thanksgiving meal

The 40th annual free Thanksgiving Day meal hosted by the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Loerke Council No. 1922 will be held at the Clintonville Community Center, 30 S. Main St.

Anyone in the Clintonville area who does not have friends or family with which to share a Thanksgiving meal is invited to attend the event, which will start at 11:30 a.m.

Reservations are requested by Nov. 17 and can be made by calling Dick or Jeanne Writt at 715-823-6477. Late reservations and walk-in attendees are also welcome.

Reservations are also needed for carryout meals; anyone wishing to pick up a Thanksgiving meal is asked to wait until noon to do so.

The traditional meal will include roast turkey, baked ham, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, two vegetables, coleslaw, bread, beverages and homemade pies. The meal is funded by proceeds from a Knights of Columbus raffle as well as various community donations.



Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Chef Tom Jonet’s Pilgrim Pumpkin Custard.

It is to fall, what the robin is to spring. The first sight of the bright orange “winter squash,” aka the pumpkin, is one of the unmistakable harbingers of autumn along with the changing colors of the leaves.

Pumpkin, from the Greek word pepon, meaning “large melon,” is believed to have originated in the ancient Americas. The oldest archaeological evidence found in Mexico was dated between 7000 and 5500 BC. The name evolved from the Greek pepon, to the French pompion and finally to the American interpretation, the pumpkin. Commonly referred to around the world as “winter squash,” there is actually no botanical or scientific meaning of the word pumpkin.


Shawano Voices of Men hosting breakfast

The eighth annual Voices of Men Call to Action breakfast event, on Nov. 7, will focus on promoting healthy masculinity and creating a society free of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The program is hosted by Fox Valley Voices of Men in Appleton, with two locations in Shawano – Shawano Community High School and ThedaCare Wolf River Room – where the public is invited to view this free event through live streaming. The program for the annual Call to Action runs from 8-9:30 a.m., with registration at 7:45 a.m.

The local livestreaming is sponsored by the Shawano Voices of Men Committee, an effort of Safe Haven Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Support Center. To register for the livestreaming locations, call Safe Haven at 715-526-3421.

Shawano Voices of Men, in collaboration with the Fox Valley chapter and Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, provides training and messaging for males of all ages to create a more respectful, safer world.


Fall’s treasure

Photo by Rob Zimmer Pine needles make as great a garden tool as fall leaves, great as a natural mulch to keep down weeds and retain moisture.

Photo by Rob Zimmer There are many wonderful uses for fall leaves in the yard and garden. Rather than simply raking them away, give some of these a try.

The leaves are tumbling from the glorious trees as autumn’s winds rush through our backyards and forests. As the colors begin to fade and the trees grow bare, put those treasured fallen beauties to good use in the home and garden.

There are many great ways to use fallen leaves in the yard and garden. Take advantage of these autumn treasures and discover new ways to enjoy the season.

Here are some great ways to use fall leaves that you might not have thought of.

Fun for children

Obviously, fall is a great time to be outdoors having fun in the backyard. Leaf piles, leaf houses and other backyard fun activities using fallen leaves create hours and hours of fun for children.

Feed your lawn


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