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Tue
31
May

Shawano commemorates Memorial Day


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Marshal Giese, of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 206, and Susan Giese place the memorial wreath at Monday’s Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller, who spent 21 years in the service, most recently in Afghanistan, talks about the commitment soldiers make to defend America’s freedoms at Monday’s Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.

Hundreds of people gathered Monday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano for the annual Memorial Day program honoring those who have fallen in the line of service.

“Its a day when we remember all those who gave their all,” said Dennis Bohm, master of ceremonies. “Let’s not just remember them today, let’s remember them always.”

But it was also a day to remember those they left behind.

“As as we pause today to reflect first and foremost on those who have fallen in defense of a grateful nation, we must also consider the sacrifice of the wives, husbands, sons and daughters who have lost their loved ones for the cause of liberty,” youth speaker Gabrielle Tuma said. “They’re all patriots and have our eternal thanks.”

Shawano County Chairman Jerry Erdman, who served in Vietnam in 1969, said recalling those who had fallen is actually a year-round remembrance.

Tue
31
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 29

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

Vandalism — A truck was reported vandalized in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of Prairie Street.

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St.

May 28

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 100 block of South Main Street.

OWI — A 22-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Lafayette and Green Bay streets.

Juvenile — Police responded to a complaint of children playing on the railroad tracks at Main and Mills streets.

Sat
28
May

Sex discrimination alleged in police department

Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl is being sued in federal court by one of his officers who claims Kohl delayed hiring her at the department because of her gender.

Officer NiCole Hoffmann maintains Kohl declined to hire her in July 2014 because the department at that time was not interested in additional female officers.

According to the complaint, Hoffmann finished third on a list of potential new hires.

When the first two male applicants on the list were offered the job and turned it down, Kohl bypassed Hoffmann and offered the post to the fourth-ranked male applicant, who was “substantially less qualified and less experienced,” according to the complaint.

The complaint details a conversation Hoffmann said she had with Kohl after being passed over, during which she asked why she was not hired.

Sat
28
May

Waterfront tavern aims to reclaim its past


Leader Photo by Scott Williams New owner Tim Day watched from his nearby summer cottage and felt that the tavern most recently known as Sparky’s Sunset Grill could offer much more as a waterfront attraction.

After a 20-year hiatus, the Bamboo Bar is making a comeback on the shores of Shawano Lake.

The establishment most recently known as Sparky’s Sunset Grill — perhaps the only true waterfront tavern on the lake — is under new ownership and is undergoing a significant makeover.

When it reopens, just about the only thing that will not be new is the name. The owners are reclaiming a name that was previously associated with the attraction for about 50 years: the Bamboo Bar.

“It’s an institution,” said Tim Day, who purchased the property with partners and is overseeing an interior and exterior remodeling job.

Tentatively scheduled to reopen in early July, the bar and grill at W5884 Cedar Court in the town of Wescott is getting a new boat dock, kitchen, flooring, outside patio, an indoor stage for musical performances and more.

Sat
28
May

Bonduel shows graduates some hometown support


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Bonduel High School graduates assemble inside the school Friday for the procession into the gymnasium for ceremonies honoring the Class of 2016.

Members of the Bonduel High School Class of 2016 accepted their diplomas Friday and stepped into the future amid a strong showing of hometown support.

“Enjoy the ride that life gives you,” said faculty member Jeanna Raymakers, the keynote speaker. “Enjoy the ride, make things happen, and never stop learning.”

Teachers, parents and other community members packed the school gymnasium to honor the 76 graduates with a ceremony that combined reflection and encouragement.

Valedictorian Cathryn Siolka recalled the years that students have spent together and the many milestones they passed as a group. Acknowledging that the high school years passed quickly, Siolka said she hopes classmates took the time to cherish every moment.

“We have found our passions here,” she said. “Thank you for the memories.”

Sat
28
May

A nod to the past, looking to the future


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Ezekiel Gueths and Julia Beck, Shawano Community High School senior class president, lead the way as the Class of 2016 prepares Friday to enter the SCHS gym for the 136th graduation commencement.

Shawano Community High School’s Class of 2016 bid a fond farewell Friday to their educational careers in the hallowed halls of learning at the local level.

Some have plans to continue that learning at higher levels, but the focus of Friday’s celebration was a nod to the past with a greater emphasis on what’s yet to come.

“There’s a reason the windshield is much larger than the rearview mirror,” said co-valedictorian Ezekiel Gueths.

Though the high school’s graduates were obviously the stars of Friday’s ceremony, the supporting players were not forgotten.

Parents, coaches, teachers and administrators who played their parts along the way were also noticed by graduating seniors in their remarks.

“You have shown us what the definition is of a community here in Shawano,” said class president Julia Beck.

Sat
28
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 26

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress at Flamingo’s, 1017 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — Money was reported stolen at St. James Lutheran School, 324 S. Andrews St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a disturbance at Main Street and Alpine Drive.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Aspen Court.

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of East Randall Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 26

Fri
27
May

Shawano schools offering free summer meals

Shawano School District announced it is conducting its summer food service program this year.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. It provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are unavailable.

Free meals will be made available to eligible children 18 and under. Persons over 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

Hillcrest Primary School and Shawano Community High School will serve free breakfast from 7:45-9 a.m. and free lunch from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day during summer school. Summer school runs from June 13 to July 15.

Fri
27
May

Mattoon wants to keep school open

The village of Mattoon is seeking a court injunction to stop the Unified School District of Antigo from closing Mattoon Elementary School at the end of the current school year.

The complaint filed in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court Monday maintains the village and parents of elementary school students in Mattoon were blindsided by the decision, which the complaint also alleges was retribution for the lack of support for the school district’s failed April 5 referendum.

The $25.9 million plan would have closed down five of its district’s seven elementary schools, renovated the remaining two, and built a brand-new, centralized school in the city.

Mattoon and Crestwood schools would have stayed open under that plan.

The referendum failed by a vote of 3,787 to 2,615.

Fri
27
May

Memorial Day program set in Shawano


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Several local groups, including 4-H, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts put American flags at veterans’ gravesites throughout Woodland Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. Qualheim’s True Value donated the flags.

Memorial Day in Shawano will be marked Monday by a parade to Woodlawn Cemetery and a program honoring fallen veterans.

The parade is scheduled to start from Huckleberry Harbor at 9:20 a.m. and proceed east along Fifth Street until reaching Humphrey Circle and then Woodlawn Cemetery. In recognition of the solemn occasion, organizers have asked that no candy or other handouts occur along the parade route and that no horns or sirens be sounded.

The parade marshal this year is Marshal Giese, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and now commander of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Others scheduled to participate include the Shawano Community High School marching band, Shawano Community Middle School band, VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce and fire and police departments.

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