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25
Mar

Remember to thank your mentors

One day, before retiring from serving as mayor, I received a card at City Hall that meant the world to me. It was from someone I hired while working at Citizens Bank (now Associated Bank). It was a thank you note from a former teller who wrote to tell me how much it meant to her that I believed in her. She said I inspired her and helped her become the person she is today. She said she considered me a role model and a friend. I shut my office door so visitors to City Hall didn’t see my tears.

What a wonderful and humbling thing to hear, learning you have been a positive influence on someone’s life! Why am I telling you this? Because we all have people in our lives who helped to mold us; people who have seen talent and ability within us that we have not seen in ourselves. People who have brought out the best in us. But how often have we actually taken the time to let that person know how they inspired us?

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Salute to physicians for National Doctors’ Day

To the editor:

National Doctors’ Day (March 30) is a chance to express appreciation for doctors’ extraordinary roles in serving and caring for their patients, families and communities. This Doctors’ Day is particularly special for me as it’s my last before retiring as ThedaCare president and CEO, moving away from full-time health care leadership.

I was a physician long before I came into health care administration, and as I reflect on why I went into medical school and what has motivated me as a physician and a leader, I bet they’re the same things that drive my physician colleagues in the community to deliver exceptional care each day. A starting list might include the following:

• To learn about the human mind and body to satisfy my intellectual curiosity.

• To use my God given gifts to the fullest to help people in need.

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Park improvement benefits far outweigh costs

To the editor:

I just wanted to write a quick letter supporting the referendum for the parks and rec improvements on April 4. I was not able to make any of the town hall meetings, but I had a chance to see the flier with the proposal and am very excited for what this could do for our city.

The updates at Smalley Park would finally offer a great area for recreation on our beautiful waterfront in this City on the Wolf. The splash pad at Memorial Park will be a great addition for young kids and likely be used more than the wading pool, which I think a lot of people forget is even there, with less maintenance. Lastly, the development of Franklin Park with an outdoor bandshell is the most exciting to me. I have wonderful memories as a child of summer evenings spent at my old hometown bandshell listening to concerts on picnic blankets with my family surrounded by neighbors and friends.

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Businesses should have well-displayed street numbers

To the editor:

I have a question for anyone who does business in Shawano. Am I the only person who drives down Main and Green Bay streets and tries to locate a business by its street number? I find it almost impossible to find one displayed. I would say that about 75 percent of the businesses do not have a number on their building.

I have tried for several years to get this problem corrected. I have presented this problem to the previous mayor and to the present one and to my councilman, but to my knowledge, so far nothing has been done to correct it. I also made my concerns known to the chamber of commerce and was told, “That is a city problem and we would not address it.”

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Attacks on police are attacks on America

To the editor:

Citizens of America: Be it known to all that if by unanimous proclamation of the U.S. Congress entirety, and upon the written approval of our new president, that a law of protection becomes enacted in each of our states that will help protect each and every properly uniformed police officer on duty from personal attack by any enemy of the U.S.A.

The entirety of the police forces, be it a single small-town policeman or the entire force of large cities, is to be hereafter known as the United States Police Corps. Any and all of this force is given the rightful duty so that, being fired upon by anyone with a will to kill, a USPC will dispatch the intended killer with use of finalizing deadly return fire.

Sat
25
Mar

Letter: Shoreland restoration funding available

To the editor:

Careful use of land surrounding our lakes and streams is essential to protect one of Shawano County’s greatest assets – clean water. Good water quality is also necessary for many wildlife species and providing us with recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating and swimming.

Shawano County has begun a program offering cost-sharing of 50 percent (up to $2,500 per property) for the voluntary installation of shoreland restoration projects. Property owners, who are required to complete shoreland mitigation projects, will be eligible for a 25 percent cost-share rate and up to $1,250 of cost-share per property.

The majority of this program will be focused within the Shawano Lake watershed. The Shawano Lake watershed contains Shawano, Bahr, Korth, Lily, Loon, Lulu, Washington and White Clay lakes, their tributaries, and all lands draining into these waterways.

Sat
18
Mar

Television, music were different in the good old days

My parents bought our first television in the mid-1950s. It was a black-and-white RCA. Some of the shows we watched on a regular basis were “The Jack Benny Show,” “I Love Lucy,” “I’ve Got A Secret,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Dragnet,” “Bonanza,” “The George Gobel Show,” “Alfred Hitchcock,” “Gunsmoke,” “Father Knows Best,” “Leave It To Beaver” and “The Perry Como Show.”

“The Ed Sullivan Show” was a family favorite. I remember the show in 1956 when Elvis Presley first appeared on it. During one of his performances, he was only shown from the waist up. My dad was definitely not impressed with Elvis’s gyrations or his music. He preferred songs like “Kaw-Liga” by Hank Williams, “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Eddie Arnold’s “Cattle Call.” He sang them often, slapping his knee and encouraging me to join in.

Sat
11
Mar

Growing up in ’50s much different than today

I wonder how many of you remember going to Papendorf’s store? It was located on the south side of Shawano; a popular place that sold a large assortment of penny candy. Remember the candy lipstick with gold paper? There were candy cigarettes, marshmallow cones, Turkish taffy, Boston baked beans, Chicklets gum, licorice snaps, Necco candy wafers, wax bottle candy, candy lips, atomic fireballs, Chuckles jelly candy, licorice pipes, circus peanuts, Cloves and Blackjack gum and so much more. A Sugar Daddy or Black Cow sucker would last through an entire afternoon matinee. Eating the button candy stuck on paper was no easy feat; I think I ate more than my share of paper.

Elmer Papendorf was very patient, allowing us as much time as we needed to decide how to spend our pennies. Once when I got into the store I discovered the nickel tied into a handkerchief had fallen out. Elmer noticed me standing back not selecting anything. He quietly placed some coins in my hand.

Sat
11
Mar

Letter: Clintonville children’s future depends on April 4 vote

To the editor:

On April 4, voters in the Clintonville School District have an important decision to make, whether to vote yes or no on the referendum to approve $24.9 million for the construction and equipping of a new elementary school.

Before deciding on how you will vote, please take the time to become fully informed on the issue. The Clintonville School District website (http://www.clintonville.k12.wi.us) has up-to-date information, FAQs and video tours available. If you missed the March 6 public information meeting, make a point to attend the second meeting at 6 p.m. March 23 in the elementary school cafeteria. Tours of the building will be available. You should have received information sheets in the mail. Contact board members or the central office with any questions.

Sat
11
Mar

Letter: Oconto Co. resident appreciates Shawano parks

To the editor:

Dear friends in Shawano, I am your neighbor from Oconto County, but I come to visit your city twice a week to swim at the Shawano Recreation Center. In the summer, I often eat lunch at Huckleberry Harbor afterwards.

Those two wonderful facilities alone would be worth the $25 per year on $100,000 of assessed valuation that you are being asked to approve in the advisory referendum next month.

There are more parks that I have yet to experience — 26 in all, according to the city of Shawano website. Currently, I can only imagine all of the baseball and soccer and basketball and football and swinging and sliding and hiking and running that must be happening there.

Another way to look at your $25 would be to say that it’s less than one buck per year per park. A really good deal.

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