Community

Thu
16
Nov

Clintonville offers free Thanksgiving dinner

Local residents are reminded to make their reservations for the 40th annual Clintonville Community Free Thanksgiving Day dinner, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Clintonville Community Center, 30 S. Main St. The dinner is sponsored in part by the Knights of Columbus.

A traditional holiday menu is planned, including roast turkey, baked ham, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, two vegetables, coleslaw, bread, beverages and homemade pies for dessert.

Reservations are requested by Friday so that organizers can plan for the meal. However, late reservations will be accepted, and everyone is invited to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day meal, with or without a reservation. Residents wanting a carryout meal should also call for a reservation, and they are asked to wait until noon Thanksgiving Day to pick up their meals. For reservations, call Dick and Jeanne Writt, 715-823-6477.

Thu
16
Nov

Equipment grant given to Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Shawano County was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Joshua J. Richards Charitable Foundation for the purchase of sports equipment at the club’s home at Olga Brener Intermediate School.

The grant was presented by Jackie and Mike Pische, Joshua Richards’ mother and stepfather, during the club’s Oct. 30 Halloween party at Olga Brener. The grant comes from the charitable foundation that was established in the memory of Richards, who died four years ago during an altercation in downtown Appleton.

“Josh was killed in a senseless act of violence. In remembrance of the gift of life given by him, the foundation raises awareness and actively supports organ and tissue donation, as well as sports programs. As Josh was an athlete, assistance is also provided to various youth sports programs in northern Wisconsin,” according to the foundation’s website.

Sat
11
Nov

The end of daylight and the buzzing of fruit flies

Well, somehow most of us got our clocks set correctly for daylight saving time last weekend. The battery in the clock I use the most died the day before. So I put a new one in, set the time and then the next day had to set it again.

After thinking about it for a while, I set it one more time, because the first time I set it ahead one hour. For some reason, that didn’t seem right. I kept thinking, “fall back,” so then I set it back two hours from what it was. When I got up in the night, I checked the cell phone, because I knew that would be right, and that main clock was in agreement.

Sometimes, I guess I get confused and still wish we had the same time year-round, but it seems we can’t change the system.

Another thing my mind is doing lately is remembering dreams, and that is not always a good thing. One night, I had a dream about stealing a truck. I don’t remember how I got in it, but I do remember it was an old rickety truck, and people were chasing me.

Sat
11
Nov

Hauling in the harvest

Since the sale of our herd of cows, we don’t have as many head to feed, so when we harvest our crops, we keep just what my husband figures we’d need to feed them for the year and sell the rest.

This year, we planted soybeans for the very first time. If we’re not sure of something, we have a number of acquaintances who we could pick their brain about this or that. My husband did some jawing with people he trusts with answers to particular questions regarding soybeans.

We planted soybeans.

All growing season long, as I’d mow the lawn that butted up to one of the fields of soybeans, I watched as they went from teeny little sprouts looking like four-leaf clover to bushy greenery to downright sick-looking brown shoots that, from what I gathered, was normal. Soon, after every bit of green left, finally, it was time for the combiner to come.

Sat
11
Nov

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Orville Westphal is a driver for the Shawano County Disabled American Veterans. The trips are scheduled through the Shawano County Veterans Service Office.

Orville Westphal is a driver for the Shawano County Disabled American Veterans.

The trips are scheduled through the Shawano County Veterans Service Office. Westphal was born and raised in Shawano County, graduating from Shawano High School. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for a year and a half before being drafted into the U.S. Army. After service, he earned a degree in accounting from UW-Oshkosh. Westphal worked in Appleton in the office at Allis Chalmers. He and his wife of 50 years, Judy, moved to Shawano in 1991 and he commuted to Green Bay for 25 years where he was a rural mail carrier for the post office. He retired in 2012.

The couple has two sons and six granddaughters. Westphal plays softball in the summer and basketball in the winter. They like to travel and visit the national parks. They both also help at St. John’s Hermansfort Church. He also volunteered for the building trades class at the high school.

Sat
11
Nov

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Kevin Barkow is the commander of Shawano American Legion Post 117. The local clubhouse recently received a new roof and a new heating and air conditioning unit.

The Shawano American Legion Post 117 will thank all those who helped this year on Saturday with updates to the clubhouse, including a new roof and new heating and air conditioning.

“The community was so behind us,” said commander Kevin Barkow, a Navy veteran who served on a nuclear submarine from 1986 to 1991.

There will also be an award for Legionnaire of the Year and Friend of the American Legion.

Festivities start at 4 p.m. followed by dinner from 5-7 p.m. Charlie Harvey of Charlie’s County Market donated the food.

“He wanted everybody to get a thank you,” Barkow said. “We are fortunate to have a businessman like that in the city.”

Barkow also commended Rory Buss, who ran all the fundraisers. Buss isn’t a veteran, but his father was. All major donors will receive a certificate.

Sat
11
Nov

Curtain Call

‘Legally Blonde’ musical at UW-Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will be presenting “Legally Blonde The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18 in the University Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall building, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. Tickets can be purchased in person at all Ticket Star locations, including the Resch Center and the University Ticketing and Information Center located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union, online at www.WeidnerCenter.com or by phone at 800-895-0071.

This fabulously fun, international award-winning musical is based on the movie, “Legally Blonde.” The musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances.

Sat
11
Nov

New theater group presents ‘Christmas … On the Air’

The Phoenix Players are a newly formed community theater group in Clintonville, and the Clintonville Lions are partnering with them to sponsor their first production for the holiday season — a family friendly, humorous musical called “Christmas … On The Air.”

The show is set in the 1940s. Audiences will be transported back to the golden age of radio when musicians performed live in the studio.

In the story, Lt. Jack O’Brien is coming home from war at Christmastime to see his girl, Rosie, who’s been waiting for him for three years. She’s worried he doesn’t love her any more, but Jack is able to ease her fears … until the famous Darla Davenport makes an appearance at the radio station for the annual Christmas broadcast.

The show was written by Gregory B. Owens with a mix of original songs and classic carols guaranteed to put audiences in the holiday spirit.

Fri
10
Nov

County’s 332nd barn quilt has sewing theme


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Mark and Angie Reimer are shown with Shawano County’s 332nd barn quilt on their farm at W306 Deer Drive, Pulaski.

The design of the 332nd barn quilt in Shawano County is called “Spool,” and it holds a special meaning for barn owners Mark and Angie Reimer, of W306 Deer Drive, Pulaski.

“We picked that pattern because I’ve always done a lot of sewing,” said Angie Reimer, referring to the pattern that contains a large spool of thread.

The Reimers have lived on the farm since they purchased it from Pete Wilinski in 2007. The barn on which the quilt is mounted was built in 1860 and was used as a dairy barn for most of its existence.

When asked why he decided to sponsor a barn quilt, Mark Reimer said, “We’ve seen them all over Shawano County, and they look so nice that we wanted one, too.”

His wife added that she especially likes where it is mounted on their barn because she can see it so nicely from her kitchen window and every time they leave their house.

Fri
10
Nov

FIRST NAVY, THEN ARMY


Photo by Carol Wagner Jim Marquardt served 41 years in the military beginning with the Navy and then the Army.

Jim Marquardt served 41 years in the military beginning with the Navy and then the Army. He has received many medals including the Meritorious Service Medal.

He joined the Navy Reserves in January 1963. On June 3 of that year, he graduated from Shawano High School, on June 4 he was sworn in for active duty, and on his 18th birthday, June 5, he left for boot camp. He chose the Navy after an uncle served in that branch.

“It was the thing to do,” Marquardt said. “I was always geared toward the military.”

He was stationed in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War serving from 1963 to 1966. Marquardt was a member of the Air Squadron in Naval communications.

He got out on July 15, 1966, but he was in the Reserves until January 1969. Under the Vietnam GI Bill, Marquardt earned a degree with honors in police science from Fox Valley Technical College.

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