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Thu
24
May

Army officer to lead memorial ceremonies

A retired U.S. Army officer from Waupaca will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day ceremonies in Clintonville and Embarrass on Monday.

Lt. Col. Joseph McGrath served the United States for 35 years in the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard.

Ceremonies will begin with the laying of the wreath at the Memorial Street bridge in W.A. Olen Park, 10 Memorial Circle, Clintonville, at 9:15 a.m. A parade will then proceed down South Main Street to Graceland Cemetery, 320 S. Main St., where memorial ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Following that, the procession will travel to Embarrass, where the ceremonies will be repeated at Riverside Cemetery, located on High Street.

McGrath was born in Lake County, Illinois, son of a career Air Force sergeant and combat veteran of World War II and Korea. He later moved to Wisconsin where McGrath was raised on a dairy farm near Chilton, graduating from high school in 1973.

Wed
23
May

School start times, they are a changin’

Middle and high school students in the Shawano School District will have a little more time to catch the bus in the morning, after the Shawano School Board took action Monday.

The board voted to set the start time for middle and high school students at 8:10 a.m., which will push the end of the school day back to 3:30 p.m., starting in fall for the 2018-19 school year. The current school day has a 7:30 a.m. start with a 2:40 p.m. release.

The board also approved a new schedule for its elementary schools, but the change is not as drastic. Start and release times were pushed back five minutes, with a start time of 8:25 a.m. and release time of 3:25 p.m.

The district has been looking at adjusting the start time for its secondary schools for years, even forming an ad hoc committee to examine the issue.

Wed
23
May

Lower water levels raise concern for channel, river boaters


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis As Memorial Day weekend approaches the water levels on Shawano waterways are below normal levels. Pre-summer skies reflect off the calm waters of the Shawano channel on Tuesday.

With the traditional Memorial Day start of summer expected to bring a big increase in recreational activities this weekend, boaters are being urged to use caution navigating the Wolf River and channel due to lower water levels.

Officials at Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM) say water levels are five to six inches below normal due to restrictions currently being placed on the Shawano dam by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

That has recently resulted in reports of boats being damaged or getting grounded on sandbars, even in areas that had been marked as navigable.

“We’ve got people wrecking their boats,” said Todd Dobberstein, secretary on the SAWM Board of Directors. “They’re having a hard time navigating the waterway.”

SAWM sent out a notice this week advising caution on the channel and river.

Wed
23
May

Shawano man charged after weekend gun incident

A Shawano man is facing felony charges after a weekend gun incident that had Shawano County authorities calling out its Special Response Team and an armored vehicle.

Thomas R. Speck, 31, was ordered held on a $50,000 cash bond Monday on charges of reckless endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a threatening complaint between neighbors Sunday in the town of Waukechon during which a verbal dispute escalated.

The caller told authorities that Speck had pointed and fired a shotgun directly at him during the incident but missed.

After several hours, authorities were able to get Speck and other occupants of the residence to exit and Speck was taken into custody.

A search of the residence turned up a 12-gauge shotgun and spent shotgun casings, a handgun and drug paraphernalia, according to the criminal complaint.

Wed
23
May

Allied vets hosting Memorial Day program

The Allied Vets Council will continue its tradition of holding a Memorial Day program at Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.

Monday’s ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will feature Bill Jartz, WBAY news anchor, as the main speaker. There will also be speeches from Shawano County Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann, Shawano Mayor Ed Whealon and Nick Benzinger from the county veterans service office.

Wolf River Harmony will be on hand to perform the National Anthem, and later the group will perform “God Bless America” and “This is My Country.” Also providing music for the ceremony are the bands from Shawano Community High School and Shawano Community Middle School.

Kevin Barkow, commander for American Legion Post 117, will join Sue Hintz with the American Legion Auxiliary in placing the wreath. The post’s color guard will provide a rifle volley, and taps will be performed by Brett Buettner, Isabella Buettner and Emma Foster.

Wed
23
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 21

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 300 block of Madison Way.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of East Maurer Street.

Disturbance — A fight in progress was reported in the 600 block of East Seward Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

May 20

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A bag of marijuana was reported found at the Shawano County Fairgrounds, 900 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of East Division Street.

Shoplifting — People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

May 19

Sat
19
May

Working group explores effects of childhood trauma

Dozens of representatives from area governments, businesses, social services, health care, law enforcement, school districts and tribal organizations gathered in Shawano on Friday for an in-depth, daylong working session addressing the problem of childhood trauma and its potentially lifelong consequences.

The event was hosted by the Community Health Action Team (CHAT), which is sponsored by ThedaCare.

The day was structured as a community plunge, when participants travel together to a series of locations, organizations, and speaking engagements for high-intensity first-person exposure to a pressing community issue.

In Friday’s case, it was an exploration of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how to recognize and support people who have experienced trauma, or to be trauma-informed.

Attendees gathered at the SAM25 homeless shelter and traveled by bus to locations throughout Shawano.

Sat
19
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 17

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — CoVantage Credit Union, 604 S. Main St., reported a counterfeit $100 bill.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of River Heights.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of West Lieg Avenue.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 17

Police logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Items were reported stolen from Lakeview Convenience, 417 S. Warrington Avenue in Cecil.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St. in Bonduel.

Fri
18
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 16

Police logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 500 block of North Main Street.

Truancy — Police logged three truancy complaints from Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 1000 block of East Fifth Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 16

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on MBC Drive in the town of Richmond.

Fire — Authorities responded to a vehicle fire on Hirt Road in the town of Fairbanks.

OAR — A 21-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on Pioneer Drive in the town of Washington.

Fire — Authorities responded to a vehicle fire on Ashley Road in the town of Navarino.

Fri
18
May

Clintonville schools get Focus on Energy check

The Clintonville Public School District has received a $41,587 incentive check from Focus on Energy.

The incentive check was presented at Monday’s School Board meeting. The check was presented by Nicole Zaidel, energy consultant with Focus on Energy, and Jeremy Bellile, owner of BNH Lighting, LLC.

Last December, Bellile met with the school district to discuss concerns related to the existing lighting in the high school and explained the advantages of replacing their aging T8 lighting systems with energy efficient LED fixture technology.

BNH Lighting was contracted to conduct a detailed audit of every room within the high school structure, including the exterior lighting, comparing the existing equipment to currently available state-of-the-art LED lighting technologies.

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