Frightful! Town tickets trick-or-treating teens

I was appalled at an article I read online about the City of Chesapeake in Virginia. The city has a restriction that does not allow children above the age of 12 to trick or treat. The penalty for breaking the law is a misdemeanor with a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $100 or confinement to jail for not more than six months or both, according to city code. Imagine that, a fine or jail for a kid having fun because someone thinks they are too old.

I have such fond memories of trick or treating as a kid. I lived in Marion and on Halloween, the whole city was filled with kids scurrying about. Most of us went trick or treating through eighth grade. People never made us feel as though we weren’t welcome. In fact, I remember Carrie Halpop inviting us kids in and giving each of us a cookie fresh out of her oven. Rowena Welch made up bags of popcorn and candy corn. Dr. and Mrs. McInnis greeted kids and gave them apples and other healthy treats.


Clutter makes it difficult to find what is needed

I recently read that “Creative people don’t have a mess, they have ideas laying around everywhere.”

That would be me. Clutter, clutter everywhere, and what I need is not to be found.

My junk drawer is currently in the danger zone. I don’t remember adding anything to it, yet suddenly it seems to be overflowing. I think it seems that way because I am constantly rummaging through it to find what I need.

I fumble through the junk drawer trying to find something like a screwdriver. It may be in plain sight, but not always seen. I suppose I should clean that drawer out, starting with the hundred or so pens that reside there and probably don’t work anymore anyway.


Mural to depict timeline of FWD’s history

Where some might see nothing but a long brick wall, FWD Seagrave officials see an opportunity to share the company’s history. A mural depicting the company’s timeline through images is being painted along a 420-foot brick wall of the fabrication building along 12th Street in Clintonville.

Work has already begun on the mural, which will depict some of the most notable vehicles produced by FWD since it was founded in 1908. Ram Rojas, a Door County artist, has been selected for the project.

“The mural is a way of helping preserve this important part of our history in a visual timeline that depicts our innovations and achievements in the FWD product line over the decades,” said Ulisses Parmeziani, chief operating officer of FWD Seagrave. “We hope people from our community will stop by to see the mural and reflect on the great achievements that happened here.”


County’s 341st barn quilt honors Barb Mader

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Shown with Shawano County’s 341st barn quilt, are, from left, Doug and Pam Huck, barn owners, and Heidi Bedwell and Eric Mader, children of Mark and Barb Mader.

Shawano County’s 341st barn quilt, now on display on the Doug and Pam Huck farm at W10488 Big Lake Road, Gresham, is dedicated to the memory of Gresham resident Barbara Mader. The barn quilt’s floral design, called Forget-Me-Not, is inspired by woodland Native American beadwork designs prevalent in northern Wisconsin while paying homage to the local Native American cultures, including the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin and the Stockbridge Munsee community.

Barbara, who enjoyed her retirement years on nearby Koonz Lake with her husband, Mark, always had a passion for wildflowers, particularly native prairie flowers of the Midwest. She played an active role in their preservation throughout her life and the barn quilt metaphorically continues that tradition.


Sacred Heart school plans free Halloween party

The Shawano community is invited to Sacred Heart Catholic School’s annual Halloween party. The free event will be held Oct. 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and is open to all children through eighth grade.

The gymnasium will be loaded with toys, candy and activities ranging from a haunted house and seasonal games to a tattoo station, photo booth, preschool pumpkin patch and more. Prizes and snacks will be available, and a DJ will play Halloween-themed music from the stage. Costumes are encouraged. Shawano Chief of Police Dan Mauel and McGruff the Crime Dog are scheduled to appear.

Attendees are encouraged to register for door prizes; must be present to win.

All the details are available on the school’s Facebook event page. To get information or make a donation toward the event, contact Autumne Gee, director of admissions and development, at 715-526-5328 or


Paranormal Halloween contest at North Star

A free “Out of This World” Halloween event is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the North Star Mohican Casino Resort. Adult ghosts, goblins, aliens and warlocks are invited to attend.

Registration for the annual costume contest runs from 7-8 p.m. Entrants with the best paranormal getups will be eligible for prizes of up to $1,000.

“Our annual costume contest is always a lot of fun, and our guests go all out,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort.

The Halloween party will run from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and feature the music of Vic Ferrari. Tickets are also available for the casino’s upcoming Para-Con weekend, and an “Eyes in the Sky” UFO event is scheduled for Nov. 2.

For information on the Halloween party and other casino events, visit


Paranormal presenters coming to first Para-Con

An all-star list of paranormal researchers and presenters will headline the inaugural Para-Con, which is scheduled for Nov. 2-4 at the North Star Mohican Casino Resort. Tickets are on sale now for the sci-fi convention, which will include a presentation on local UFO sightings.

Among the Para-Con headliners are Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews, director and curator of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult — the world’s first mobile museum of the unexplained. The pair has spent the last 20 years searching for legendary monsters and now travels the country sharing real haunted objects with fans.

“The list of paranormal experts attending our event is extensive,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort. “As the first ever Para-Con gets closer, we get more and more excited about it.”

The lineup will also include:


Volunteers, pies needed for Thanksgiving meal in Clintonville

The 41st annual community Thanksgiving dinner is being planned for Nov. 22 in Clintonville, sponsored by the Msgr. Loerke Council No. 1922 Knights of Columbus. Anyone without a place to share a Thanksgiving meal is invited to attend.

The family-style dinner will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Clintonville Community Center, located at 30 S. Main St. The meal is free; donations will be accepted. Carryouts including containers will also be available, starting at noon. Reservations for the meal or carryout are requested and can be made by calling Dick and Jeanne Writt at 715-823-6477.

The traditional holiday menu will include roast turkey, baked ham, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, two vegetables, coleslaw, bread, beverages and homemade pies. A Knights of Columbus raffle and community donations will fund the dinner.


Liesner was named Shawano Optimist of the Year

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Receiving the Shawano Optimist Club’s top awards for the 2017-2018 Optimist Year were, Ryan Alexander, right, who received a life membership in Optimist International, and Jim Liesner, left, who was named Shawano Optimist of the year. In the center is Dan Mauel, the Shawano Optimist Club President for the 2018-2019 year.

Jim Liesner was named Shawano Optimist of the Year at the Shawano Optimist Club awards banquet on Oct. 3.

Liesner has served as a board member and vice president in charge of fundraising, and has participated in nearly every club project and fund raiser this year.

For his continued efforts on behalf of the club, including serving as club newsletter editor, Ryan Alexander received a life membership in Optimist International.

The honors were presented at the Shawano Optimist Club 42nd anniversary event at the Four Seasons in Shawano.

Outgoing President Gary Cumberland thanked the club members for their support during his presidency this past year.

“It was a great year,” Cumberland said. “We had a record year for fundraising, which will enable us to continue our efforts to support our community’s youth as well as many worthwhile organizations.”


The kind of weather where you want to make soup

As I look out of my window this morning, I see that it is raining again. My lawn is a carpet of bright yellow leaves, with an occasional red dot here and there. In spite of the rain drops rolling down the window and the gray sky, the vision takes my breath away.

In spite of the rain, the leaves seem to be hanging on the trees. I know that is about to change, and bare trees will provide a different landscape, with snow a new type of carpet. Meanwhile, I am enjoying each day as it comes.

The one thing I was not enjoying was the fruit flies. Once again I have mixed up my special potion, and while a few have not been lured in as yet, many have been drawn to its special aroma and succumbed.


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