Community

Sat
02
Jun

Meet Donna Hobscheid

Donna Hobscheid is the president of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a chamber ambassador, and also volunteers for Junior Achievement.

Hobscheid is a native of Chicago and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Hobscheid worked as a reporter and editor in Chicago, Eau Claire, Durand, and Shawano, where she moved in 2002. She is a Realtor for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, formerly Hilgenberg, since 2010.

Hobscheid and her husband, Henry, live in Shawano. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, walking and biking.

Where do you volunteer?

“I am the president of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce board of directors and a chamber ambassador and a teacher for Junior Achievement of the Wolf River District.”

What do you do for the chamber?

Sat
02
Jun

Lodge fire doesn’t stop Women of the Moose


Contributed photo The Women of the Moose Chapter 2269 Clintonville recently held their installation of new officers. Attending the ceremony are, from left, front row, Jenny Ziereis holding her son, Malachi, and June Bush; standing, Bev Harbath, Ann Moericke, Brittany Bodoh, Brenda Mehlberg, Betty Wilber, Carol Schaefer, Cheri Suttner, Amy Bodoh, Karen Geiger, Tina Streicher, Geneva Moericke, Mary Tullberg, Rose Peeters, Rose Babino and Judy Pahl.

The Women of the Moose Chapter 2269 in Clintonville are a little out of their usual routine after their lodge burned Jan. 5. The lodge was built 100 years ago, and additional space was added as they grew.

“We’re going to rebuild on our land,” said Amy Bodoh, junior graduate regent.

For now their meetings are at the Clintonville Public Library or the VFW.

“The community has been extremely helpful letting us use their buildings,” Bodoh said. “Our building was used quite often.”

The organization is international and dedicated to caring for the young and old while bringing the community closer together and celebrating life.

There are 94 members in the Clintonville Women of the Moose. To raise money for their community service, some of the things they do are have basket raffles within the group and lottery tree raffles. Before their lodge burned down, they held dinners to promote social aspects for the group.

Sat
02
Jun

Abrams theater to present Neil Simon comedy


Photo by Joan Koehne David Jolly and Julie Muenster rehearse their roles as Victor and Ethel in the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. summer show, “Barefoot in the Park.” The show will be staged June 15-17 and June 22-24 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams.

Characters run the gamut from straight-laced to eccentric in the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. presentation of “Barefoot in the Park.” The romantic comedy will have everyone laughing at performances scheduled June 15-17 and June 22-24 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams.

“This is a Neil Simon comedy so you can expect a funny, yet grounded show with a bit of an absurd streak running through the middle,” said director Tim Rutten-Kempees. “Everyone should find someone they identify with on stage with this show.”

The play features newlyweds Paul Bratter, a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer; Corie, his free-spirited wife; Corie’s loopy mother; and an eccentric neighbor-in-the-attic, Victor Velasco. Corie wants her husband to be more spontaneous, and running “barefoot in the park” would be a start.

Fri
01
Jun

Prevea launches mobile mammography unit

Women who live in rural areas of eastern Wisconsin now have greater access to breast health screenings, thanks to a mobile mammography unit launched by Prevea Health and Hospital Sisters Health System.

The mobile mammography unit is making regular stops at Prevea Health centers in Shawano, Pulaski, Seymour, Oconto, Marinette, Gillett, Mountain, Lena, Kewaunee, Luxemburg and Manitowoc. Additional locations are being planned.

“High-quality health care, especially preventive health services and screenings, should never be difficult for anyone to find,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, Prevea president and CEO. “It should be readily available and close to home when you need it – and that is why we’re here. This is state-of-the-art technology on wheels that, with just some gas in the tank, can provide life-saving care to communities all across Northeast Wisconsin.”

Fri
01
Jun

Rhubarb Festival to celebrate Shawano’s history

The 10th annual Rhubarb Festival will be held by the Shawano County Historical Society on June 16 at Heritage Park on North Franklin Street, Shawano. All are invited to come and enjoy rhubarb desserts, brats, Amish ice cream, a rhubarb pie contest, children’s activities, a silent auction and living history demonstrations.

There will be live music all day on the festival grounds, as well as in the Old Tabor Church. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a free shuttle bus will run back and forth from the farmers’ market parking lot. Admission to the historical society’s museum is free during the rhubarb festival.

To commemorate the end of World War I a century ago, museum exhibits this summer will have the theme of “Let’s Party Like It’s 1918.” A victory garden has been planted near the Old Tabor Church, and visitors are encouraged to learn more about local war efforts and the veterans who served.

Thu
31
May

Avoid ‘summer slide’ through library programs

With the end of the school year comes the beginning of the “summer slide” — a decrease in reading skill levels among children who forego literacy activities during June, July and August. Experts agree that continuing to read throughout the summer months is one of the best ways to ensure that children return to school in the fall at the same reading level as the previous spring.

Public libraries across Wisconsin are gearing up to offer summer reading programs for all ages. The Shawano County Library program runs from June 1 through Aug. 11. There is a children’s program for kids up to fifth grade, a teen program for sixth- through 12th-graders, and an adult program for people 18 years and older. Registrants can stop by any county library location to pick up a reading log and get started.

Thu
31
May

Prevea launches mobile mammography unit

Women who live in rural areas of eastern Wisconsin now have greater access to breast health screenings, thanks to a mobile mammography unit launched by Prevea Health and Hospital Sisters Health System.

The mobile mammography unit is making regular stops at Prevea Health centers in Shawano, Pulaski, Seymour, Oconto, Marinette, Gillett, Mountain, Lena, Kewaunee, Luxemburg and Manitowoc. Additional locations are being planned.

“High-quality health care, especially preventive health services and screenings, should never be difficult for anyone to find,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, Prevea president and CEO. “It should be readily available and close to home when you need it – and that is why we’re here. This is state-of-the-art technology on wheels that, with just some gas in the tank, can provide life-saving care to communities all across Northeast Wisconsin.”

Thu
31
May

Sun Drop Dayz pouring into Shawano


Leader File Photo Keyboard player Stephanie Reinl, left, greets fans as The Cougars take the stage during the first day of the Sun Drop Dayz festival in 2017.

Last weekend might have been considered the unofficial start of summer for most of the United States, but it’s this weekend when Shawano will declare that summer has arrived.

That’s when the community will celebrate the 2nd annual Sun Drop Dayz music festival. There will be plenty of the golden soda on hand for people to enjoy as they listen to several musical acts and participate in other family friendly activities.

Randy Bruce will kick off the musical lineup Friday, followed by Vic Ferrari. Saturday’s music begins with TravAce and the Generators, followed by Bill Miller and concluding that night with the Cougars.

There will be arts and crafts, kids activities and more. The nearby Sun Drop Museum will be open for extended hours both Friday and Saturday.

Thu
31
May

Raether answers God’s call, becomes deacon


Photo by Carol Wagner Todd Raether is the second deacon to serve Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano.

Todd Raether of Shawano was at a youth conference in 2013 when he heard the call to become a Catholic deacon.

“I was asking God what I should do next,” Raether said.

He had previously considered becoming a deacon and serving his parish — Sacred Heart in Shawano — the previous year but said the new answer he got was pretty clear. He entered the five-year diaconate training program in April 2013 after getting the go-ahead from his wife, Mary Raether.

Because of the time commitment involved with becoming a deacon, spouses are very important and must agree to the process.

“She’s very happy,” Raether said. “As time went on, we became much closer.”

Raether was ordained May 12 by Bishop David Ricken at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.

Tue
29
May

Heroes honored at Memorial Day ceremonies


Photo by Grace Kirchner Keynote speaker Lt. Col. Joseph McGrath, U.S. Army, left, and American Legion Commander Dan Rindt visit prior to the Memorial Day ceremonies at Graceland Cemetery on Memorial Day.

On the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, which was originally designated as Decoration Day in 1868, the crowd at Clintonville’s Graceland Cemetery was reminded that “freedom isn’t free.”

The keynote speaker was retired Lt. Col. Joseph McGrath, U.S. Army, whose record includes 35 years of service to our country. “We are here to pay tribute to our heroes,” McGrath said at Monday’s ceremony.

McGrath repeated a quote from former President Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same, or we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in the United States when we were free.”

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