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Fri
24
Jun

Kids can find plenty of fun here in Shawano

I lived on the corner of Lieg and Evergreen street (Pete Moesch family lives there now) until I was 5. Then we moved to Marion, where I spent my school years. The population sign was right down the street. I remember it well, pop. 1,118.

What could kids possibly find to do in such a small town? Knowing my folks would quickly find more chores for me if I complained I had nothing to do, I kept myself quite busy.

Neighborhood kids would get together and play games. I remember Red Light/Green Light, Annie Annie Over and Draw the Frying Pan as a few favorites. We played jacks, jump rope, hula hoop and hopscotch. We also played cards and board games.

Fri
17
Jun

Hairdresser champions better health through nutrition

I’ve always believed things happen for reasons. I think people come into our lives when we need them most.

Some time ago, my friend and longtime hairdresser needed to take a little time off for medical reasons. I had to find a new stylist, and fortunately, Sandi Bocik was able to fit me into her weekly schedule.

Little did I know then what I know now. I have recently been diagnosed, as millions of others have been, with type 2 diabetes. I must admit, I’ve never really done much studying about nutrition and healthy eating. I have since learned a great deal about nutrition from Sandi. She shared her personal story with me during my hair appointments.

When Sandi was in her 30s, she experienced numerous health problems. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She also had constant headaches. Her doctor said she had choices, but he would recommend a radical mastectomy.

Fri
17
Jun

Big Pull organizers appreciate community support

To the editor:

As the head of the Big Pull events, I have to give a huge shout out and thank you to all involved from around the Shawano community.

First off, to the Ski Sharks: What a class act! I hope the people of Shawano realize what a great community group you are! Seventeen Ski Sharks were a part of the event and will go into the record books. Numerous other team members, former team members and their families lined the shore to cheer on the event. You all went above and beyond to make this event happen. We are thankful for your gracious hospitality in letting a Big Pull event come to your home site.

Fri
17
Jun

ThedaCare working to fill void left by departing physicians

To the editor:

The community of Clintonville is entering a transitional period as two of its highly respected physicians recently announced their departures from ThedaCare Physicians-Clintonville. Dr. Leslie Gray will retire as of Aug. 12 after 34 years of dedicated service. Dr. Yu-Chin Fang will leave the practice on Sept. 16 after 15 years with ThedaCare to pursue a new professional opportunity.

Our commitment to the people of Clintonville and its ThedaCare clinic remains strong. We have already begun to recruit new doctors to fill these open posts. Together, Dr. Gray and Dr. Fang worked the equivalent of 1.25 full-time positions, and we intend to recruit to fill or exceed the void left by their departure.

Fri
17
Jun

Jeep is eyesore in Clintonville cemetery

To the editor:

Graceland Cemetery and used car lot?

Imagine my surprise when I went to Graceland early in the morning to water the flowers on my loved ones’ graves. My quiet contemplation at this beautiful setting was shattered by the site of an old Jeep with a for sale sign placed on the grassy boulevard in front on the graves of historic Clintonville families, including the Olens.

Instead of looking out to the passing traffic and view of the city, the graves now face an old Jeep.

Certainly the cemetery association can afford to place an ad to sell this vehicle rather than parking it prominently in the center of the resting place of our loved ones.

As was pointed out at the last annual meeting of the cemetery association, running this facility requires a sense of customer service and sensitivity to the community served. Several people have since contacted me to point out this eyesore at Graceland.

Mary-Beth Kuester,

Clintonville

Fri
17
Jun

Police officers aid family caught in storm

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to the officers of the Shawano Police Department.

Last Sunday, I got caught in the middle of a severe thunderstorm with my two young daughters and 78-year-old father. As we struggled to push our bicycles through the downpour and strong winds, two policemen came to our rescue. After stowing our bikes next to a building, they brought us safely home and out of the elements.

Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of the young men, but I am so grateful for their assistance. I am certain that for this one act of kindness, there are probably hundreds of other duties they perform each day to keep our community safe.

I offer my heartfelt thanks to these men and all the officers of the police force. Your sacrifice and dedication deserve to be recognized.

Shannon B. Daun,

Shawano

Sat
11
Jun

Letter: Californian impressed by county barn quilts

To the editor:

Last October, while in Wisconsin to attend a Green Bay Packers game, I had the privilege of meeting Jim Leuenberger, coordinator of the Shawano County Barn Quilt Project, and at the same time saw the barn quilt workshop at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce.

What started out about five years ago as a local interest project of about 30 barn quilts now exceeds 300 and continues to grow, thanks to the determination and creativity of Jim and Irene Leuenberger. What a treat it was traveling the county highways and rural back roads viewing the creative efforts and all the hard work by the quilt-making volunteers under Jim’s direction. The whole Shawano area should be very proud of the Shawano County Barn Quilt Project. Keep up the good work promoting barn quilts in Wisconsin.

Fri
03
Jun

Mayor, former mayor sit down for monthly chat

Mayor Jeanne Cronce and I have made plans to meet on a monthly basis to discuss relevant information regarding what is happening in the city of Shawano. We will share that news with you in this column.

I advised Mayor Cronce I would like to write this first article about her and how she is settling in to her new position as mayor. I placed a call asking what her work hours are and when she would be available to meet with me. She replied: “I generally arrive at City Hall by 8 a.m. daily. I work until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until noon on Friday.”

She added, “I am also available evenings and weekends by appointment.”

Fri
03
Jun

Letter: Stippen explains run for state Senate seat

To the editor:

As a husband, father and small business owner, I care deeply about our community, and that’s why I want to serve the people’s interests in the 12th Senate District. We must work together to make sure our community and local governments can work for us and aren’t hamstrung by Madison politics.

My experience serving on a city council and on numerous boards showed me firsthand how the policies coming out of Madison have made it difficult for local governments to attract new jobs, keep our schools running well and keep our communities safe. Instead of working with local governments, the legislation pushed out of Madison has devastated local education and road budgets, making it difficult for our economy to grow.

Sat
28
May

Sometimes a hug makes all the difference

During my time in public office, I learned many things; not all of them were city government related. I learned communication comes in many forms.

I grew up in a loving family which consisted of my parents, my two brothers and me. Dad worked a 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift as a superintendent at the Four Wheel Drive. My dad did not want my mother to work outside the home. He always felt it was his responsibility to provide for his family. We were a modest family. My folks were good people.

My mother was always there when I came home from school. She had freshly baked cookies, a dish of strawberries or some other special treat ready as an after-school snack. I remember chattering away, telling her about my day.

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