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Wed
20
Sep

Zion’s new sanctuary complete


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski New stained glass windows depicting the creation story in the Book of Genesis bring fresh color to the sanctuary at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. New pews with cushioned backs were also installed.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski New carpeting and tile flooring lead to the pulpit at Zion Lutheran Church. Everything from the cross on the wall to the baptismal font was updated in the renovation.

Zion Lutheran Church now has a sanctuary for the 21st century instead of something out of the 1960s.

Renovation work for the Shawano church concluded this month, with a public dedication ceremony planned for Oct. 1. The news is warmly embraced by the more than 900 parishioners who make up Zion, as the smaller chapel in the church was a little cozy, and many had to go to the services at Shawano Lake County Park during the summer months.

Members of the congregation went to Pastor Scott Ludford after he accepted his call to serve the church two years ago and told him of the need for a modern sanctuary. The cement floors were not very attractive. The pews were warped and not cushioned. The baptismal font was unmovable.

“This sanctuary was over 50 years old, and it was time,” Ludford said. “We knew that this was home, but it was a tired home built with limited funds decades ago that needed sprucing up and tweaking.”

Wed
20
Sep

$12.4M levy approved at annual meeting

A small audience, mostly school staff, came out Monday to the Shawano School District’s annual meeting and voted to approved a $12.4 million tax levy.

This is the second consecutive year that a lower levy has been assessed for the district. It is the lowest the levy has been since the 2011-12 school year, when an $11.9 million levy was assessed.

Louise Fischer, the district’s business manager, did not have any clear information from the state regarding equalization aid, which makes up 53 percent of the district’s budget, although Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget offered schools an additional $200 in aid per student for this year. The state budget has passed the Senate and Assembly, but still needed to be signed by Walker at the time of the meeting.

“This year’s budget was very friendly to K-12 education,” Fischer said.

Wed
20
Sep

White House tree will come from Hanauer’s

A tree grown in Shawano will be the official White House Christmas tree.

Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor won the National Christmas Tree Contest in August. Owners Jim, Diane and David Chapman have decided to work with Hanauer’s Christmas Tree Farms in Shawano to provide the White House tree.

The tree that will be selected Monday will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House.

Officials say White House Christmas trees must be between 18 and 19 feet tall. Most commercial Christmas tree growers do not have trees that tall, so the Chapmans will work with the Hanauers for the tree.

Harvest of the tree will take place in late November.

Winners of the National Christmas Tree Association’s contest have provided the official White House Christmas Tree since 1966.

Hanauer’s Christmas Tree Farms is located at W7816 Broadway Road. It has been owned and operated by the family for 48 years, according to the firm’s Facebook page.

Wed
20
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 19

Police logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Hit-and-run — Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run at East Green Bay Street and Pioneer Drive. A traffic light was knocked down and in the road.

Reckless driving — Officers responded to a reckless driving complaint at Peoples Express, 1206 E. Green Bay St. The vehicle was located at Waukechon Apartments.

Reckless driving — Officers responded to a reckless driving complaint from a bicyclist at East Richmond and South Lincoln streets. Vehicle was described as a grayish black pickup.

Fraud — Officers responded to a fraud complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St. Store officials said a customer has been scamming the store by using a different UPC barcode and not paying correct prices.

Sat
16
Sep

Library consolidation ready to roll in January

With the approval this week of the sale of the Shawano library branch to Shawano County, everything appears to be on track for a consolidated county library system to be in operation as of Jan. 1.

The sale of the Shawano building and parking lot for a token amount of $2 was approved by the plan commission on Tuesday and the Common Council on Wednesday.

The city had been contributing 20 percent to the operation of the Shawano branch, with the county picking up the rest of the cost.

City Administrator Brian Knapp said Shawano residents will still be contributing to its operation through general taxes.

But as of January, the building and its resources will be owned by the county, which has also agreed to allow continued use of the parking lot for overflow parking for downtown events.

“It does relieve the city of that maintenance headache and cost,” Knapp said.

Sat
16
Sep

PEEKING INTO THE STUDIOS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Simon Levin, a potter living in Gresham, stokes his kiln Thursday afternoon. The kiln was fired up most of the week as Levin and his apprentices crafted 600 pottery pieces, many of which will be available for viewing and purchase at Miles of Art.

Photo Courtesy of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce Megan Dorsch, an illustrator from Shawano, will showcase her work, like this piece showing a scene from a fish fry, during Miles of Art. Dorsch is among the new artists participating in the festival, which is in its eighth year.

Artists in Shawano County are hard at work daily creating beautiful works and letting their imaginations flow in studios away from public scrutiny.

Some of those studio doors will fly open to the public Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 during the eighth annual Miles of Art. Dozens of artists will show off pottery, painting, photography, furniture making and more at eight host sites, six in Shawano County.

Two sites will join the Miles of Art tour for the first time: The Menominee Cultural Museum in Keshena and Off the Wall Studio in downtown Shawano.

The cultural museum will feature artists from the Menominee Nation and other area tribes.

“The College of Menominee Nation is not participating this year, but the importance of the Menominee voice and native crafts and skills is an important part of the Miles of Art,” said Simon Levin, a Miles of Art board member whose Gresham studio is one of the host sites.

Sat
16
Sep

Keshena man missing since June 4

The Menominee Tribal Police Department is asking the public’s help in locating a missing person.

Robert S. Lyons, who lives on Chief Little Crow Road, Keshena, was reported missing on June 7. He was last seen on June 4 when relatives said he left the residence on a red and white ATV.

Lyons was seen later that day in the Long Marsh area on the Menominee Indian Reservation. Police found the ATV on its side in that area on June 9.

Police Chief Mark Waukau said multiple leads by local residents resulted in searches of several areas on the reservation, but Lyons has not been found.

“Currently, our detectives are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations from the Green Bay office, in locating Robert,” Waukau said. “At this stage of the investigation, foul play cannot be ruled out.”

Sat
16
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 14

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — An 18-year-old Lac du Flambeau man was arrested on outstanding warrants from Oconto County and state probation and parole at Kuckuk Park, 500 Oak Drive.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen in the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of North Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 14

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Marsh Road in the town of Aniwa.

Fri
15
Sep

New finance director 2nd highest paid post in city

Shawano has finally managed to fill a newly created finance director post at an annual salary that makes it the second-highest paid city position.

Kay Magyar, finance director for the village of Mount Pleasant, will start her tenure in Shawano on Oct. 16 at a salary of $94,000.

The city initially advertised the post at a salary range of $75,000 to $85,000 but had no takers.

A second round of advertising boosted the high end to $95,000 and brought nine applicants, four of whom were interviewed.

The plan is for Magyar to eventually split her duties between Shawano Municipal Utilities and City Hall, but she will start at SMU, where she will replace financial manager Nancy Schauer, who is retiring.

Schauer, whose annual salary is just under $80,000, was expected to retire early next year, but that time frame is uncertain, according to Brian Knapp, city administrator and SMU general manager.

Fri
15
Sep

Council adopts fines for violating chicken ordinance

The Shawano Common Council this week established a set of fines for violating the city ordinance passed in May that allowed residents to keep backyard chickens.

Six residents have registered their chickens and paid the $5 fee, but the city is getting complaints about people keeping chickens without registration.

“This is a little disheartening to me that here we are a month or two later passing an ordinance of a fine,” Alderwoman Rhonda Strebel said Wednesday. “That’s a pretty steep fine, so, come on folks, pay the $5 and register your chickens.”

The fine for violating the ordinance, including various fees and associated costs, comes to $313 for the first offense, and $565 for a second offense within one year.

The council in May struck down the city’s ban on keeping fowl within the city and adopted a new ordinance that lays out the rules and requirements for the keeping of chickens.

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