Community

Fri
25
Nov

Into the basement instead of the store

Now that the turkey is reduced to leftovers, it is time to wrap our minds around Black Friday shopping. Now, you might be one of those shoppers, but not me.

I can remember years past when I had children in school and we often did go shopping on that weekend. After all, the kids didn’t want to miss school, so weekend shopping it was.

At this time I can’t recall all of this Black Friday shopping hoopla. I can’t quite remember when it began, but the stores seem to go all out.

From shoppers I have listened to, those deals are often to hook you into the store, and they either run out of the items advertised, or other such disappointment. Plus, the knowledge that people get up in the wee hours of the morning just to go shopping, and then camp out until the store opens, is a bit off-putting to me.

Wed
23
Nov

BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS

Thanksgiving is a special time of year as we pause from our daily routines to reflect on the things that are most important to us.

The Shawano Leader again asked three community leaders to share their reflections about the meaning of the holiday for our Thanksgiving edition. Their responses presented here share a simple but profound theme: People are what matter most in our lives — family, friends, teachers, mentors, co-workers, employees, neighbors, customers and sometimes strangers.

Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity to come together, physically and spiritually, to acknowledge the people who mean so much to us. We can set aside politics, rivalries and differences to celebrate community and togetherness.

We can reach out to others less fortunate to share a meal, as many area communities do, and fellowship.

Bountiful Blessings surround us each and every day. Please take time to reflect on those in your life on this special holiday.

Wed
23
Nov

Bountiful Blessings


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Over the years Pat Crawford has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Green Bay Packers. Legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi and his philosophy of winning adorn the walls of Crawford’s TimerPro office.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Born in 1926, Pat Crawford still reports to TimberPro most days. Originally a logger, Crawford founded two manufacturing companies devoted to the logging industry. Timbco, manufacturer of heavy logging equipment, was sold in 2000 when Pat turned 74 years old. Two years later, he started TimberPro, which operates today on Industrial Drive in the Shawano Industrial Park.

Things I am thankful for:

Having 90 years behind me has given me a perspective and appreciation for the things in life that really matter and the events that create our lives.

I’m thankful for being born in a logging camp in 1926 where my father was a logger and my mother the camp cook. Born in those circumstances and being a child of the Depression instilled in me a mindset of frugality, hard work, compassion and perseverance. Those qualities have guided me throughout my life, and for that I am thankful.

When I was 16, during World War II, I was excused from school and allowed to work on an iron ore boat to help with the war effort. I’m thankful for being able to do my part.

Wed
23
Nov

Bountiful Blessings


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis The Hartwig family includes, from left, Ben, Dan, Diane, Jake and Luke. Twig’s continues to add to its beverage line while generously giving back to the community, supporting numerous local organizations and groups.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis A local favorite: The returnable sun drop bottle.

As we reflect on our blessings at this special time of year, we look back on our family history and all that has carried us to where we are today.

The Hartwig family has been in the Shawano area since the early 1800s. Our ancestors settled on farms west of Bonduel, some of which are still standing today.

Twig’s Beverage was born from an idea Floyd Hartwig had in a Tokyo hospital and brought back to Shawano in 1951. The company was the first bottler in Wisconsin of Sun Drop, the golden citrus soda that quickly became a local favorite.

Since 1850 when the George Dengel family came to Shawano to start the first pop factory/brewery in this area, there have been several additional pop factories that operated here because of the pure, great-tasting water. These businesses are all gone from Shawano except for Twig’s, which continues to flourish.

Wed
23
Nov

Bountiful Blessings


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Jeanne Cronce was sworn in as mayor of Shawano, “the City on the Wolf,” in April. She succeeded Lorna Marquardt, who held the office for 22 years before deciding not to seek re-election.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Mayor Jeanne Cronce, in her office at Shawano City Hall, visits with voters bright and early on Election Day.

When asked to write about what Thanksgiving means to me or what I was thankful for, I thought, where do I start?

I am thankful for so many people and opportunities that have been given to me such as a loving family who supported my career choices, excellent education, good health and strong faith, just to name a few.

However, as I pondered I realized that I am extremely thankful for the people and relationship that I have and continue to have the privilege to include in my life. Beginning with my parents, Oscar and Shirley Reinholz, and my grandparents, Herman and Wanda Reinholz and Clarence and Esther Meisner, who provided love, support and guidance in my early years. I am sure it was a challenge for them, but they always directed me to the right path.

Wed
23
Nov

GARDEN AND NATURE GIFTS


Photo by Rob Zimmer Gardeners of all ages will be thrilled with a collection of fairy, or miniature, gardening supplies and treasures.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Pottery in all shapes, sizes and colors makes a great gift for the gardener on your shopping list.

For the gardeners and outdoor lovers on your holiday shopping list, I’ve put together a list of some wonderful gift ideas they’re sure to treasure.

Whether your loved one, family member or friend is practical, eccentric, new to gardening and nature or a lifelong green thumb, these ideas will help inspire wonderful gift giving suggestions for the holiday season.

Give the gift of nature

One of the most wonderful and long lasting gifts you can give a loved one is the gift of nature.

Begin by purchasing a 2017 Wisconsin state park sticker. This vehicle admission sticker allows the holder to visit any of our state’s incredible state parks and state forests throughout the 2017 calendar year. No limit on the number of visits. This is sure to encourage your loved ones to get out and explore the wonderful natural resources of our state.

Tue
22
Nov

College will host winter farmers market

Area residents are invited to attend the Night Moon Farmers Market, a new winter market hosted by the College of Menominee Nation.

The market will be open Dec. 1, 8 and 15 in the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library foyer at CMN, N172 State Highway 47/55, in Keshena. Hours are from 3:30-5:30 p.m., except on Dec. 15, when sales will end at 4:30 p.m.

The market will feature locally produced storage vegetables, fruits, pickled goods, jams and jellies, meats and more.

Through a grant from First Nations Development Institute, all purchases made with SNAP benefits will be matched dollar for dollar.

Free food-related documentary films will be shown immediately after the market closes each week. The schedule is “Food Inc.,” Dec. 1; “Dirt! The Movie,” Dec. 8; and “King Corn,” Dec. 15.

For information, email sknapp@menominee.edu or call 715-799- 6226, ext. 3154.

Tue
22
Nov

Congregation will honor late pastor at Christmas concert

The combined choirs of Trinity and Grace Lutheran Churches, Bear Creek, will commence the Advent season with a Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church, E8010 state Highway 22.

“It’s been a tough year for our dual parish congregations,” choir member Brenda Hansen said, noting that their pastor, the Rev. J. Michael Stock, died in a traffic accident in August.

“We only had Pastor Stock for a year and a half, but he made a positive impact on all of our lives,” added choir director Ann Behnke, who was coaxed out of retirement for the special event. “We wanted to do something to honor his time with us and have selected several songs to perform that were his favorites.”

Sat
19
Nov

Some Christmas planning needs to take place early

This is the time of year when everyone complains that Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday. Somehow, the stores rush from Halloween displays to Christmas displays with no Thanksgiving in between. I agree with that observation; however, I am coming to the conclusion that some type of Christmas planning must happen prior to Thanksgiving, like it or not.

With the warmer than normal weather, I have been having a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that soon it will be time for the turkey to be king, that my home needs some semblance of order, and that I must actually purchase a turkey.

Of course that leads me to think of the old Tennessee Ernie tune, “Load 16 tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt.” In the case of the turkey, I say, “Lift the 16-pound turkey, and what do I get? A kink in my shoulder, and a crick in my neck.”

Sat
19
Nov

Marion woman believes in oven canning

If you want to learn about gardening, food dehydration or oven canning, you want to talk to Nancy Fields.

Fields dehydrates apples, blueberries, carrots, potatoes, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, onions, asparagus, and many other herbs and vegetables that come from her large well-tended gardens located on Quarterline Road south of Marion.

About 10 years ago, she discovered oven canning and has been at it ever since.

Fields believes everyone should be prepared in case the electricity goes out, and her dehydrating and oven canning help her do that.

Oven canning involves “baking” filled jars of food in the oven, instead of water bath processing them or pressure canning them.

Fields is aware that some food experts advise against oven canning. They argue the food inside jars doesn’t get hot enough consistently enough to ensure that proper heat penetration has taken place to ensure the biosafety of the product inside the jars.

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