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Wed
28
Feb

Shawano parks get another financial boost

Shawano’s park improvements project has gotten another financial boost with a new donation to the cause, according to the Shawano Parks and Recreation Department.

The Harold E. Pevonka Trust announced it is contributing $25,000 to the Smalley Park phase of the project, which will occur in the summer of 2019.

“Yet another example of community members stepping forward to help make our community a wonderful place to live,” said Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks in a Facebook post. “This project will include added beach amenities (showers), ADA compliant walkways and a beautiful park shelter for all to use.”

Voters last year approved $1.85 million in borrowing for development and improvements at three city parks, including a splash pad at Memorial Park and a complete build-out of Franklin Park.

Wed
28
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 26

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Fire call — Police and firefighters responded to Kindred Hearts, 1377 S. Lincoln St., for a fire alarm. The building was evacuated, but no smoke or fire was found. A woman who slipped and fell on the ice during the evacuation was treated for a cut on her leg.

Vandalism — A truck was reported vandalized at United Cooperative, 660 E. Seward St.

Arrest — A 42-year-old Shawano man was arrested for a probation warrant and resisting arrest after fleeing on foot from officers in the 100 block of South Union St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of South Maurer Street.

Disturbance — A 13-year-old Shawano girl was referred to juvenile court for disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and battery after a disturbance at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Sat
24
Feb

Launching Pad changing hands next week


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Launching Pad, on Airport Drive in Shawano, is under new ownership after Domenic and Sal Badalamenti and Chad Kary purchased the business from Wendy and John Gueths.

Wendy Gueths had worked at the Launching Pad in Shawano starting years before she and her husband John purchased the business nearly 14 years ago.

She was only 14 when she began as an employee 33 years ago. Her mother also worked there part-time.

Later, she met John, who had a carpentry business, and he also became an employee.

It was in a way an extended family business, owned by family friend Duane “Duke” Drews.

When Drews decided to sell, the Gueths saw an opportunity to take over and continue the business.

John ended his carpentry business and devoted himself full-time to the Launching Pad.

Wendy, who grew up on a farm, considered the Launching Pad “our own family farm.”

“We’ve been there our entire lives,” she said.

But the Gueths, with their children — a big part of the business — either at or headed off to college, have decided the time has come to let go of the Launching Pad, which will change hands again on Monday.

Sat
24
Feb

Trump proposal to arm teachers gets mixed local reaction


The Associated Press Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School bus driver Pearlie Corker, gets a hug at the school as some teachers return for the first time since the shooting Friday in Parkland, Florida. Corker arrived at the school as Nikolas Cruz began to shoot students and teachers on Feb. 14, she stayed on the bus in front of the school praying for the students and teachers.

Local reactions have been mixed to President Donald Trump’s proposal this week to train and arm teachers to respond to active shooter situations in the schools.

Some area school districts and local law enforcement officials hedged their responses, while several came out in opposition.

The president offered the suggestion Wednesday, a week after 17 people were fatally shot by a former student with an AR-15 assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Trump said a teacher adept at firearms “could very well end the attack very quickly.” He followed that up with a tweet Thursday that “highly trained teachers would act as a deterrent to the cowards that do this.”

Clintonville School District Superintendent David Dyb said he was more focused on state-funding for security guards and other more localized solutions than the federal government might offer.

Sat
24
Feb

More than $1 Million in Scholarship Aid Available to Area High School Students

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region has more than $1 million in scholarship money available to students from 60 schools in the region, including students in the Shawano County area. The Shawano Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Appleton-based community foundation. Many scholarship applications are due by March 1.

The lists of 200 available scholarships can be found www.cffoxvalley.org/scholarships and searching by school. Most are for graduating seniors, but there are scholarships for nontraditional students returning to school or those already attending college.

The foundation manages charitable funds so they can provide scholarship money year after year in the manner the donor indicated, as well as overseeing the application process.

Sat
24
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 22

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

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

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

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 22

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on Genesee Street in Wittenberg.

Drug Offense — Charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were referred against a 40-year-old Eagle River man on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

Fire — Authorities responded to a chimney fire on County Road Q in the town of Wittenberg.

Fri
23
Feb

PSC grants Shawano electric rate hike

The Public Service Commission granted Shawano Municipal Utilities an overall 2.88 percent electric rate increase Thursday but only about half of what it sought for its largest customer, Aarrowcast, Inc.

Thursday’s rate increase comes barely a year after SMU’s last increase, which the utility has since said has not produced enough revenue to prevent its non-industrial customers from subsidizing the cost of serving Aarrowcast with power.

“By our calculation in 2017, we lost $840,000 in the cost of purchased power alone to Aarrowcast,” said Brian Knapp, city administrator.

Although SMU can adjust its rates as the cost of power it buys wholesale fluctuates, it can only do so within the average cost of power for all customers. The cost of wholesale power it supplies its largest industrial customer, Aarrowcast, is billed at rates lower than the average cost of power, Knapp explained.

Fri
23
Feb

Primary turnout slightly above average

Nasty weather and icy roads slowed down voting during the morning hours of Tuesday’s mayoral primary in Shawano, but by the time polls closed at 8 p.m. the city saw a slightly better than average turnout for a primary election.

The total count was 1,133 voters, or 29 percent of the 3,947 voters registered in the city.

“That’s a little higher than normal,” said Deputy City Clerk Lesley Nemetz. “The mayor’s race caused a definite upswing in interest among the people who showed up.”

There were concerns early Tuesday that the weather would dampen turnout.

“It was definitely slow in the morning, while the roads were iffy,” Nemetz said. “In the afternoon, we saw a definite pickup in (voter) traffic.”

The 2016 primary, which had six mayoral candidates and no incumbent on the ballot, drew 28 percent of registered voters.

Fri
23
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 21

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 34-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Green Bay Street and Green Bay Court.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Fraud — Police investigated an internet scam complaint in the 300 block of Madison Way.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 1200 block of East Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 21

Deputies logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 42-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant on County Road Y in the town of Belle Plaine.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Spaulding Street in Tigerton.

Fri
23
Feb

SACF provides grants to 12 organizations

The Shawano Area Community Foundation has approved $35,750 in grants from its Shawano Area Fund to 12 charitable organizations serving people in Shawano County.

The Shawano Area Fund is an endowment that accepts donations of any amount to be used to provide annual grants. The foundation’s volunteer grants committee selects grant recipients through a competitive application process each fall. The grant dollars come from the endowment fund and proceeds from the foundation’s annual Harvest Moon Soirée fundraising event.

The 2017 Shawano Area Fund grant recipients are as follows:

• Belle Plaine EMS – To supply each first responder with required equipment to ensure the survival of patients who need emergency assistance. Amount awarded: $2,500

• Bridge the Gap Inc. – To provide a social skills and daily living skills summer camp for clients ages 5-21 with autism spectrum disorders. Amount awarded: $4,000

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