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Youth Volunteer Award


Photo by Curt Knoke Emma Schmidt, the 2017 Youth Volunteer Award winner from the Shawano Area Community Foundation, is shown inside Hope Community Church, where her community activism first took hold.

Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in a series of five profiling winners of the Celebration of Giving awards presented annually by Shawano Area Community Foundation Inc. for outstanding volunteerism. The winners will be honored at a gala April 11 at the Gathering.

Emma Schmidt inherited a passion for volunteerism from her mother, and the passion has been burning ever since.

The high school senior has worked at a food pantry, taught Sunday school at her church, performed violin for nursing home residents, packed Christmas gifts for needy children, and introduced young students to the business world.

And that does not even include her many activities at Shawano Community High School.

The high-energy, high-impact young woman from Shawano is being recognized for her community service efforts with the 2017 Youth Volunteer Award from the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

“I just really feel honored,” she said.

Sat
25
Mar

Boys & Girls Club makes good first impression


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Balloon artist Richard Varga, right, entertains kids with his inflated creations Tuesday during the Boys & Girls Club of Shawano grand opening at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Tristan Lawe, 7, takes his turn at a golfing game Tuesday inside the gym at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano during the grand opening of the Boys & Girls Club of Shawano.

The new Boys & Girls Club of Shawano is off to a strong start and is already drawing praise from families in the area.

Since opening its doors in January, the club has attracted 15 members for after-school activities and services at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

The club is open to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders and is designed to give children structured after-school supervision rather than leaving them bored or frustrated.

Organizers held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the successful launch of an important new community service that took three years of study and planning.

“We’re very proud of this,” co-chairman Wendy Crawford told parents and others at the ceremony.

With room available for many more children to join the Boys & Girls Club, the celebration at Olga Brener was also intended to reach other families who might want to consider it as an alternative for their children.

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25
Mar

Retirement welcomes back Cotter

Many people who hold the job of community service officer are at the beginning of a career in law enforcement, using it as a stepping stone to a full-time police job.

That wasn’t the case with Tom Cotter, who had a career in banking behind him when he joined the Shawano Police Department as a CSO at age 60 a little more than 10 years ago.

He is retiring at age 70 on March 30.

“You work most of your adult life and somewhere along the line you’ve got to stop and smell the roses,” he said. “My job has been good. It’s been a good time.”

Cotter has worked part-time about 20 hours a week handling a variety of community service duties, none of which have required him to be a sworn officer or carry a gun.

Most of his time has been spent pursuing city code violations, such as junked or abandoned cars, garbage piled up in yards, unshoveled sidewalks and overgrown grass.

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25
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 23

Police logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 52-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — A 19-year-old Keshena man was referred for domestic-related disorderly conduct and battery after a disturbance in the 900 block of South Cleveland Avenue.

Shoplifting —A 22-year-old Shawano man was arrested for resisting/obstructing after a short foot chase from Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St. He was also cited for retail theft.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 1000 block of East Robin Lane.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 200 block of West Fifth Street.

Shoplifting — A 19-year-old Shawano male was cited for retail theft and cited for two previous retail thefts from Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Fri
24
Mar

RDA extends deadline for SIST property plans

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority on Thursday granted the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology more time to provide plans to raze or repair two dilapidated downtown buildings.

The RDA seemed poised to move to condemnation proceedings for at least one of the vacant properties at 214 S. Main St., which has been sitting idle since at least 2005, when SIST was granted a building permit for improvements that were apparently never made.

The board then heard comments from SIST representative Darlene Sense, who accused the city of interfering with its remodeling plans.

She claimed there had either been some confusion or “others that interfered with this.”

SIST had previously sent a letter to the city saying their plans were to repair the building and sell it, and called on the city to “quit playing games with us.”

The city recently denied SIST a building permit for repairs to the building because of the plan lacked details.

Fri
24
Mar

Belmark plant ready to get started


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Kris Poehnelt, standing left, project engineer of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, discusses his company’s plant expansion Wednesday at the Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. annual meeting.

The president of Belmark Inc. said Thursday his company’s Shawano plant development is off to a strong start and should begin to take shape by this summer.

“It’s moving ahead very nicely,” Belmark President Karl Schmidt told a group at The Gathering banquet hall in Shawano.

Schmidt addressed about 100 business and civic leaders at the 12th annual meeting of Shawano County Economic Progress Inc., a regional business development organization.

The crowd applauded an upbeat assessment of economic developments of varied shapes and sizes throughout Shawano as well as such surrounding communities such as Gresham, Wittenberg and Marion.

“We have a lot of exciting things happening all around the region,” said Dennis Heling, chief economic development officer for the group commonly known as SCEPI.

Fri
24
Mar

Tractor Supply store hosting pet adoption day

The Tractor Supply Company store at 1313 E. Green Bay St. in Shawano will host a pet adoption day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Families looking to add a pet to their home are encouraged to stop by the store and interact with the dogs and cats that are available for adoption.

“Pet adoption days are exciting at Tractor Supply,” said Jeff Olson, Shawano store manager. “Not only do we get to help families take home a great pet, but we also get to support our community adoption partners who are working hard to care for homeless dogs and cats.”

Participants include Shawano Cares About Critters, Laura Habeck and Girl Scout Troop 4721.

Tractor Supply partners with rescues and shelters to host pet adoption events throughout the year. Organizations interested in becoming an animal adoption partner should register at TSCEventPartners.com, contact the store by phone at 715-526-2938 or visit the store.

Fri
24
Mar

Residents urged to sign up for CodeRED alerts

Shawano County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network LLC for its CodeRED high-speed notification solution.

The CodeRED system provides Shawano County officials an additional resource to quickly deliver emergency notifications by phone, email or text to targeted areas or the entire county.

“Whether it’s an emergency alert, a time-sensitive notification, or a targeted message to a group of people, sometimes you need to quickly share information,” said Natalie Easterday, Shawano County’s emergency management director. “CodeRED gives Shawano County the ability to communicate with residents.”

Information will be disseminated through telephone calls, text messages, emails and the CodeRED mobile alert app.

In order to receive messages, individuals and businesses will need to register.

Fri
24
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 22

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 44-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Warrant — A man was taken into custody on a warrant at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Arrest — A 35-year-old man was taken into custody on a probation hold at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at O’Reilly Automotive, 1301 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 22

Deputies logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Oak Avenue in the town of Richmond.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Balsam Road in the town of Herman.

Thu
23
Mar

Police officer, 3 others killed in Wausau area


The Associated Press Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex in Weston. Shootings happened at a bank and a law firm before police converged on the apartment complex. Four people were killed, including a police officer. A suspect is in custody.

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations near Wausau on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody.

The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours before ending in a volley of gunfire around 5 p.m.

Authorities took no questions in a brief news conference late Wednesday and gave no details on the four victims or suspect. They said there was no remaining threat to the public. Jason Smith, a deputy administrator for the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, said more than 100 officers were investigating and more information would be released Thursday.

The violence unfolded in a cluster of small towns south of Wausau. The officer worked for Everest Metro, a small, 27-officer force that serves Schofield and Weston.

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