CMN hosting night of poetry, painting, music

Painting, poetry, and music are coming to College of Menominee Nation Cultural Learning Center in Keshena.

“Who We Are, What is Ours: A Celebration of the Art, Music, and Poetry of Native People” will be held Nov. 10 from 5-8 p.m.

Denise Sweet is faculty emerita, having taught humanistic studies, creative writing, and First Nations studies for the University of Wisconsin. She has performed in theater and film productions (both a full-length feature and various documentaries) and has given over 100 readings in North and Central America, Canada, and Europe.

Her books of poetry include “Know By Heart,” “Songs For Discharming,” “Days Of Obsidian,” “Days Of Grace” and “Nitaawichige.” In 1998, Songs For Discharging won both the Wisconsin Posner Award for Poetry and the Diane Decorah Award, given by the North American Indigenous Writers Circle of the Americas.


Celebrating homemaking and much more

Photo by Carol Wagner Nov. 6-11 is National Home and Community Education Week (HCE). Helen Raddant, left, executive board president, and Nancy Schultz, family living educator for the Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension, gave a presentation recently at the Shawano County Courthouse on different ways to use mason jars.

Nov. 6-11 is National Home and Community Education Week (HCE). Homemaker clubs began in Shawano County in the 1920s when women had meetings to learn skills like how to cut and fit a dress and canning meat.

Then there were monthly meetings, and in 1935, Marjorie McDowell was first the home agent in Shawano County. Several women followed and the title changed to family living education, and Nancy Schultz serves in that position today.

In 1958, there were 67 clubs with 960 members. Now, there are nine clubs with 88 members along with individual members.

Clubs were under Shawano County Homemakers, and now all the clubs are part of Home and Community Education, a nonprofit educational organization with member associations in 61 counties in Wisconsin.

Executive board president Helen Raddant has been a member for 37 years.

“It’s very educational,” she said. “You meet new people.”


Traveling exhibit, ceremony part of Veterans Day events

The Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe will be honoring all veterans with several events Nov. 10-11 at the North Star Mohican Resort and Casino, W12180 County Road A, Bowler.

The event center will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days for the public to tour and hear the story of the traveling veterans wall by Ron Smith, a U.S. Marine veteran and creator. Patricia Sexton and Ron Smith of American Legion Post 83 in Ohio are co-creators of the wall and will also present.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum traveling exhibit “Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name” features 1,161 Wisconsinites on the Wall. The spirit of America’s story, the wall is a traveling exhibit commemorating the country’s fight for freedom from 1775 to the present day.

There will be a veterans ceremony to honor those who have served at 11 a.m. Saturday in the North Star Event Center.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Nikki Willcome signs a copy of her debut novel, “The Dark Solstice,” for her mother, Mary Willcome, during a book launch party Friday evening at the Sun Drop Museum. Willcome also showed the trailer for her book and served up cake for her guests.

A young woman lost in the dunes, a dangerous outlander and a magical desert city form the heart and soul of “The Dark Solstice,” a novel written by Shawano resident Nikki Willcome.

“The Dark Solstice” is a project six years in the making, but it is far from the end of the road for the first-time author. The book is part of a trilogy following the tale of Tamsin Urbane and the dark stranger Haven, and Willcome is well into writing the second book, which she hopes to publish next summer.

Willcome signed copies of her book Friday at the Sun Drop Museum behind Twig’s Beverage, but the book had its big unveiling Sept. 14 when she posted a video announcement on Facebook.

“I figured my main audience is on social media and utilizes it more than anything else,” Willcome said. “I figured that was the quickest way to spread the word.”


Son with Down Syndrome brings plenty of joy

I was 41 when Matt was born. Both of my doctors took turns after he was born, sitting on my hospital bed telling me all about Down Syndrome, which is what Matt was born with. They advised me to sign Matt over to the state, and the state would place Matt in an institution or “colony,” as they called it back then. My husband took me home to think it over, leaving Matt behind at the hospital.

That night, I had a dream that there was a wall blocking out the very thought of such an idea. After two days, we went back to the hospital and brought our baby boy home. We have never been sorry since, only blessed beyond measure.


Trick-or-treat times

Here’s a list of trick-or-treat hours in Shawano area communities:

Shawano: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Birnamwood: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Bonduel: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Bowler: 4-6 p.m. Sunday

Cecil: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Clintonville: 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Gillett: 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday

Gresham: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday

Marion: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Menominee Reservation: 3-6 p.m. Sunday

Pulaski: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday

Suring: 4-6 p.m. Sunday

Tigerton: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Wittenberg: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano Toys for Tots committee members include, from left, front row, Flo Withers, Mike Schuler, Melissa Schuler, Terry Moede; back row, Jody Johnson, Stacey Cicero, Pam Moede and Amy Olson. Not pictured are Marisa Rycroft and Robyn Shingler.

Volunteers and area businesses make Christmas merry for Shawano County children from birth to 15 years old through Toys for Tots.

The program is offered through the U.S. Marine Corps. Each local committee must adhere to specific rules and complete the same paperwork. All local cash donations are sent to Toys for Tots, go through a clearinghouse and are put in the Shawano account.

Local coordinator Terry Moede keeps a tally of everything, including the number of kids served and gifts given. He must also keep an inventory of leftover gifts, which are stored by Carrie Verkuilen at her business, Verkuilen Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

The 2017 campaign will start in early November when committee members will contact potential donors.

“We all have our places we visit,” Moede said. “We all pitch in and do what we can.”


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Dan Braun, third from right, is the director of the Board of Christian Service at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. The group provided the meal for the recent Community Dinner. Shown with Braun are, from left, Lynn Brodhagen, Chris Johnson, Chuck Dunnam, Jody Siahaan, Tina Singer, Kerry Piehl and Jean Umland. Not pictured are Bretta Carlton and Debra Downs.

Dan Braun volunteers for several programs at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. He was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School.

Braun earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and was a food service director in Minneapolis for five years. He returned to Shawano in 1989 to work for his father at Braun Dairy Equipment along with his brother, Mark. The brothers bought the business in 1995 and sold it in 2010.

Currently Braun works in internal audit services for the Menominee Nation. His wife of 27 years, Kathy, works part time at Shawano Lawn and Stone and State Farm Insurance. They live in the town of Wescott on the Wolf River where they enjoy boating, swimming and tubing when their two grown daughters are home.

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Thoughts of winter fill waning days of October

The way the wind is whipping around today, I am glad there is no snow with it. A good friend of mine, who lives in Glidden, noted on Facebook this morning that they were having some snow. Another friend posted a picture of the huge waves on Lake Superior; not a good day for being on the lake.

I do wonder at all the people who are moaning and groaning about the cold. I am thinking, let’s be thankful it has been a mild October up until now, and if the 70s are gone until next spring, that is to be expected. This is Wisconsin, after all.

Some folks I have talked to are already packing up to head south. More power to them. While I can’t say I love all aspects of winter, I can say with certainty that I don’t want to miss it, either. As I have shared many times in the past, I love and hate each season and am always pleased to see the old go and the new come.


October blessings

Through the years personal blessings have overflowed during the colorful month of October and as such, this month has always held a special place in my heart.

I married my high school sweetheart and best friend on Oct. 27, 1979. This year, we are celebrating 38 years together. When we first got married, his folks and we shared the expense of building a small home on the property that we moved into shortly after our wedding, about a mile away from the farm. The intent was that when the timing was right, we’d swap places. Oct. 1, 1988, we did just that. Neither my mother-in-law nor I really liked our new houses at first, but in time, we both grew to love them as we day-by-day transformed them into “home.”


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