Donations sought for Tigerton Main Street celebration

Tigerton Main Street will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a bigger-than-ever Fourth of July block party. The event will be held July 4 in downtown Tigerton, and the silent auction will be housed in the Old Village Hall.

Festivities begin at 2 p.m. and go until 7 p.m. The auction closes at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk near the high school. Gary Kuchenbecker’s Old Lager Band will highlight the activities from 3-7 p.m. Food, kids’ games and raffles will occur throughout the day.

The silent auction is a major fundraiser for Tigerton Main Street, funding the organization’s building maintenance and many community services and programs. Donations of handcrafted items, antiques, collectibles, gift certificates, coupons, tickets to area events, retail items and offers of services are being sought from area businesses and residents. Cash donations are also being accepted to offset the cost of the fireworks.


SACF gives awards to 5 volunteers

The Shawano Area Community Foundation will honor five local volunteers as part of its ninth annual Celebration of Giving awards program.

The program celebrates the past year of giving through the SACF, and recognizes area citizens for their spirit of volunteerism. Each award recipient receives $1,000 to benefit the local nonprofit organization of their choice.

The following volunteers will be honored:

Crystal Phalen is receiving the Health Care Volunteer Award sponsored by ThedaCare Physicians.

Phalen is committed to improving the safety of children in Shawano County by volunteering as a car-seat technician. Not only does she give freely of her time to ensure car seats are properly installed, she also purchases car seats and makes them available to the less fortunate through ThedaCare Medical Center in Shawano.

Nicole Thornock is receiving the Youth Volunteer Award sponsored by the Shawano Optimist Club and Shawano Rotary.



Contributed Photo Honorees at the May 22 Living Treasures presentation are, from left, Irma Timmons-Arndt, Elaine Knope, Doris Ashenbrenner, Thomas Brunner, Elaine Montour and Adeline Bratt.

Shawano County Human Services recently held the Living Treasures presentation and honored six people who have given their time and talents to our community. The presentation was May 22 at the Fellman Center, and the individuals honored were Irma Timmons-Arndt, Elaine Knope, Doris Ashenbrenner, Thomas Brunner, Elaine Montour and Adeline Bratt.

Doris Ashenbrenner

Doris Ashenbrenner was born and raised in Milwaukee. She met her husband, Gerry, when they were both volunteering to work at the Horizon Club, an organization of Goodwill Industries, working with developmentally disabled adults.


Committee makes sure people are Welcome to Shawano

Photo by Carol Wagner Three of the committee members of the Welcome to Shawano project, from left, Mike Hammond, Lisa Risen, and Kim Ihrcke, are shown with the bags full of information and coupons for newcomers to Shawano County.

If you are new to this area, Welcome to Shawano would like to give you a bag of items to help you get acquainted.

The bags with information and coupons can be obtained at the Shawano County Library, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, and Shawano City Hall.

“We try to produce a bag for newcomers to show our resources,” said coordinator Lisa Risen.

The group was formed last year by Leadership Shawano County 2017 and is trying to get the word out about what the area has to offer.

“Between the collaboration of all of us, the project became a reality,” said committee member Mike Hammond.

In May 2017 the information and coupons were put in bags donated by the chamber. They contain things like the visitor guide, Community Education information, Aging and Disability Resource Center guide, brochures, coupons from businesses who are members of the chamber, and a directory of chamber members.


Lots of activity on the farm

There’s lots of activity these days on the farm during June Dairy Month. Our bull needed to be moved to accommodate cycles and along with the frisky calves running in the pasture with their tails in the air, we’ve acquired two piglets and 40 fluffy yellow chicks.

We had to remove our Red Angus Seminole bull (named Bub) from the pasture so he wouldn’t breed the up-and-coming heifers too early. We need all our calves born in the spring to assure they’ll be hardy enough to handle wintering outside.

This big boy is so laid back he’s moving into yesterday, but he is a bull, and he is big, and a big bull, even an easygoing one, should never be fully trusted. If you know anything about me, you know that I am a little skittish now around these Angus on the farm, as one gave me seven staples and three stitches on the top of my head and a trip to the ER in January. This has made me more than a little nervous when I have to interact with them.


Meet Joel Kroenke

Photo by Carol Wagner Joel Kroenke built an outdoor music deck for performers who will be coming to his home for the Summer 2018 Music Deck Concerts at Cotter Creek.

Joel Kroenke has dedicated his after-retirement time to arranging concerts.

Kroenke was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School. Kroenke earned a degree in urban studies from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and then worked in his families’ businesses for several years, which included timber frame and log homes, insulation contracting, beef farm and sawmill. The family farm is now Kroenke Lake State Natural Area.

For 15 years, he was the planner and facilities director at College of Menominee Nation. Kroenke taught dog mushing for the college of DuPage and dog mushing and canoeing for UW-Stevens Point BOW program.

He plays harmonica and has taught it and been on several recordings. He has two adult children.

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Seeing others’ health changes self-attitude

A few weeks back, I walked into a grocery store. It is not a store I frequent often. However, I thought since I was nearby, I would stop in and look around.

Coming in the door I saw a woman with crutches and a big medical boot on her right leg. I commiserated with her on her condition, as that had been me in the past, although my shoulders wouldn’t let me use a crutch, but I used a walker. I told her she was lucky to be able to use crutches, and wished her well in her healing journey.

I know I have written in the past about my feet and right leg problems. After trying several different kinds of treatment, including surgery, I have for the most part simply made peace with my condition, and I have times when it really doesn’t bother me as much as other times.


Black retiring as Peace UCC pastor

Photo by Carol Wagner Pastor Marty Black is retiring, and her last service at Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano will be June 21.

Pastor Marty Black is retiring, and her last service at Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano will be June 21. She is retiring but not leaving the area since her husband, Paul, has his business here.

“I’m sticking around,” Black said.

When she finishes her last service, Black must find a new church and cut all ties with Peace. An interim pastor will continue services until a permanent replacement is found.

Black, who was ordained July 11, 1993, has been at Peace for over 15 years.

“I came with a particular set of gifts for ministry, and I feel I used those gifts well,” she said.

Black said the church is going through a transition like most churches and needs to reinvent itself. A new pastor will have “a different set of gifts to take members into the future,” she said.


Fun for all at Wittenberg Community Days

Local organizations are preparing for the annual Wittenberg Community Days celebration, which includes fireworks Saturday and a parade down Webb Street on Sunday.

The activities are planned by the Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce, Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post 502, Walls of Wittenberg and Homme Home for the Aging.

“This annual event was started five years ago as a way to combine several events into one weekend,” said Travis Rose, chamber president. “Each group was being spread too thin and the numbers attending were declining, so it made sense to have everyone celebrate on the same weekend.”

The American Legion Post uses the weekend as the primary fundraiser for its scholarship fund, which this year provided four $500 scholarships to Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School graduates.


Bakers sought for Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Bake along with Britain’s best — and add a Wisconsin twist.

Wisconsin Public Television invites fans of “The Great British Baking Show,” baking enthusiasts and anyone who wants to sweeten up their summer to enter its virtual tent for the second annual Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge. The challenge is a fun, free baking adventure open to all ages and skill levels.

Season 5 of the international phenomenon “The Great British Baking Show” premieres across the WPT viewing area 6 p.m. June 24. Following the kickoff June 17, The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge runs parallel to the program each week, with baking challenges that relate to each episode.

The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge isn’t a competition. Participants are simply encouraged to try something new and share their baking victories and misadventures. Submissions will be featured each week on


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