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Fri
10
Nov

Love-Light sale begins Friday

The ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano Auxiliary will sponsor its 31st annual Love-Light program this month.

For $3, symbolically light a white bulb to honor a loved one’s memory, a colored bulb to honor family or friends or a red/white/blue bulb to honor active military members and living or deceased veterans.

The sale of Love-Lights will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 16 at Charlie’s County Market, ThedaCare Physicians and ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. Love-Lights can also be purchased at the hospital’s gift shop through Nov. 30.

Proceeds benefit the auxiliary’s scholarship program for area college students in the health care field. This past year, the auxiliary awarded $2,000 scholarships to two local students.

A short ceremony to light the three Love-Light trees will take place 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the courtyard and dining area at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, located at 100 County Road B, Shawano.

Thu
09
Nov

Victor E. Christian

Victor E. Christian passed away Nov. 8, 2017, in Shawano.

Arrangements will be made with Mickelson Funeral Service.

Thu
09
Nov

Ho-Chunk paying tribute to veterans

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg will honor fallen warriors and current military veterans with a flag-raising ceremony Saturday.

Originally called Armistice Day after the armistice that was signed Nov. 11, 1918, ending World War I by taking effect at “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” the Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

Keynote speaker will be Paul Cloud – a Ho-Chunk Tribal Elder and Vietnam combat veteran. He was in active service with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968-69 and earned many medals and accolades for his brave service.

A gun salute and taps will be presented by the Birnamwood Darling-Gunderson Post 341 Color Guard. Three Ho-Chunk tribal veterans will raise the flags with the assistance of three of Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg’s security guards, each of whom served in the United States military. The Lake Delton Singers will perform the Ho-Chunk Nation Flag Song.

Thu
09
Nov

Expanded gaming floor open for business


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 1 for the expanded casino floor at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. The next phase of the expansion project will be a three-meal restaurant, which is expected to open in mid-November. An 86-room hotel is scheduled to open mid-January. Officials at the ribbon cutting included, from left, Robert Mudd, executive director of business, Area III legislators Larry Walker Jr. and Kathy DeCamp, elder Dolli Big John and Robert Murphy, Miron project executive.

Local residents and visiting dignitaries gathered Nov. 1 at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the casino gaming floor.

“After the long road and a few hiccups along the way, we are happy it is finally open for all to enjoy,” said LeAnthony Pecore, Ho-Chunk senior manager of public relations, who served as master of ceremonies.

Sean Burnette, director of slot operations, noted that the first guests were allowed in at 4 p.m., and the first jackpot hit at 4:15 p.m.

The expanded gaming area provides more slot machines, a non-smoking section and video poker games at the bar. Texas Hold ’em, blackjack and virtual roulette will soon be available.

Miron project executive John Murphy said the success of the project was due to the team effort involving contractors, buyers and local workers.

“It’s an honor to be here and celebrate the new gaming floor,” he said.

Thu
09
Nov

Let’s go on with the show

Each fall, the WOWSPACE in Wittenberg is transformed from an art gallery to a theater that can accommodate 80 people.

This year, Crossroads Community Theatre — the performing arts arm of Walls of Wittenberg — will transport audiences from Wittenberg to Fayro, Texas, where the Futrelle sisters are on a mission to save their hometown.

The theater troupe will present “Southern Hospitality” on Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St.

It is the final play of a comedy trilogy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. With stores in Fayro closing and people are moving away, the sisters – Rhonda Lynn, Honey Raye, Twink and Frankie – join forces to lure a salsa factory to town.

Proceeds from the show will be used for future productions, building maintenance and the free Third Thursday Concert in the Art Park Series.

Wed
08
Nov

Artfest returns to nature center

This year’s Artfest at Navarino Nature Center, W5646 Lindsten Road, Shiocton, will be bigger than ever with more local artists displaying and selling their creations. It will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., just in time for early holiday shoppers.

Original and hand-crafted treasures at the fest will include: wood, metal, stone and glass art and décor; textiles including quilts, alpaca clothing, pillows, linens and Christmas runners; holiday wreaths, baskets, hand-made cards, candles and ornaments; as well as assorted books, photography, natural remedies, jewelry, lawn ornaments, fairy houses and more.

Admission is $1 per person; children 12 and younger are free. Lunch will be served for a small fee. The event will feature a bake sale and used book sale; proceeds from these sales as well as lunch and admission will benefit environmental education programs at the nature center.

Wed
08
Nov

Survey finds support for $6M referendum

A company hired to conduct a survey of Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District residents says the district could probably pass a referendum for about $6 million.

School Perceptions also found that 25 percent of district residents probably would not support any referendum proposal, according to a presentation at the school board’s Nov. 1 meeting.

The district has been working for months to educate residents about facility and program needs it anticipates over the next several years, estimated to cost as much as $22 million.

“The results are what they are, and the reason we went with School Perceptions is because they have a good track record of determining what the public will support,” school board member Bree Schmidt said. “Because the confidence level of passing a higher referendum amount is low, we will take that all into consideration when the board meets to review the data and how best to proceed.”

Sat
04
Nov

Annual trip to see aunt shortened by a day

As the month of October was passing by, and the weather forecasters were putting a chance of snow in their forecasts, my thoughts went to my 103-year-old Aunt Gertie and the desire to visit her in the fall, as I normally do. The first weeks of November seem to be penciled in, so I made the decision to make it a two-day trip, instead of the usual three days.

That trip down to southern Wisconsin has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. While I grew up near Clintonville, on a farm, my dad grew up in Milwaukee. So we often made that trip south to visit his family. His parents and siblings were all down in the area; small towns like Tichigan, Wind Lake, Union Grove and Waterford were part of my lexicon.

Sat
04
Nov

Nonprofit Profile

The Shawano Storm Volleyball Club for girls ages 12-17 has been in existence since 2006. They are part of the Badger Region Volleyball Association, one of 40 regional volleyball associations in USA Volleyball’s nationwide network.

Linda Beversdorf became the director in 2009. Her two daughters played the sport, and she wanted to keep the program going.

“I get thank yous from the parents,” she said.

Shawano Storm volleyball teams are all tournament teams. Their mission is to develop and teach the proper skills for young athletes to compete in volleyball and give necessary examples to compete into adulthood.

Players aren’t limited to Shawano. There are girls from Bonduel, Pulaski, Wabeno, Clintonville, and Manawa.

“You can’t have more than three people from the same school on a team,“ Beversdorf said.

The program runs from October through March. Right now, there are 27 girls who tried out and were selected to go to four to six tournaments.

Sat
04
Nov

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Chuck and Maxine Williams are using their talents to make crafts for the St. Martin of Tours Council of Catholic Women Craft and Bake Sale.

Chuck and Maxine Williams are using their talents to make crafts for the St. Martin of Tours CCW Craft and Bake Sale.

Chuck was born in Combined Locks and graduated from Kimberly High School. He worked in the family grocery store during and after high school and then bought it.

In 1965, Chuck bought a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream in Appleton and, in 1969, bought another in Green Bay. The Appleton store was sold in 1972, and in 2008 the Green Bay store closed, and Chuck and Maxine moved to Shawano.

Maxine grew up in Kimberly and graduated from Kimberly High School. She worked in the same grocery and ice cream stores.

Chuck and Maxine were high school sweethearts and have been married 56 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. The couple lives on Shawano Lake in the town of Wescott.

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