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Sat
25
Jul

New zoning/building official knows trade, community

The city of Shawano recently welcomed Brian Bunke to our staff. He will serve as the city’s zoning administrator/building inspector. Today’s column will help you get acquainted with Brian and some of the duties his new position includes.

Bunke left his position as building inspector for the city of Kiel (a position he held since May 2005) to join our city team. He also served as building inspector for the city of Manitowoc for five years.

He was the owner of Bunke Home Inspection LLC. As owner, he bid out construction work, gathered subcontractors’ bids and did everything from small remodeling projects to building new homes.

He commented, “I have decided to give up my business and concentrate solely on my new job with the city. I’m ready for an eight-hour work day, and I’m quite sure I will be kept busy in my new position. Having weekends free will be a nice change.”

Sat
25
Jul

Letter: Nuclear deal with Iran is insane

To the editor:

Isn’t it swell we now have a deal with Iran that takes away all the fear about nuclear weapons getting into the hands of terrorists?

Just to recap how swell the deal is, let’s look at it in detail.

1. We still will allow Iran to enrich some nuclear material. (I’m sure they will report everything they do.)

2. We will allow Iran to get billions of dollars back, by removing sanctions, to support terrorists all over the world just as they are doing now, only better.

3. We will have to “ask” the Iranian government for permission to inspect certain nuclear facilities. (Won’t that work out really well?)

4. We must give Iran notice well in advance of inspections the U.N. wishes to make of nuclear facilities. (For sure, Iran would not cheat or hide things from the U.N., now would they?)

Sat
25
Jul

Letter: Walker is only one in state moving forward

To the editor:

As (Gov. Scott) Walker campaigns across the country, remember the actions he has taken in Wisconsin.

The promised jobs never materialized, nor the new businesses. The prevailing wage is gone, a day of rest is gone, and he thinks minimum wage is a waste.

Our middle class is shrinking faster than any other state’s. He calls that moving forward?

The only one moving forward is Walker — leaving Wisconsinites working harder, longer, for less wages.

Anne Drinkwater,

Birnamwood

Sat
18
Jul

Everyone responsible for keeping parks clean

This column is called “Positively Shawano” and I enjoy telling readers about the exciting things going on in our community. I receive a great deal of feedback from people who appreciate hearing the positives.

Today, however, I need to spend some time pointing out a few concerns and asking for your help. It seems as though there are some who have little respect for public property and for others. They ignore the three R’s: 1. Respect for self. 2. Respect for others. 3. Responsibility for their actions.

The city of Shawano is proud of our parks system. We budget annually to upgrade equipment and to make improvements. We want our residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and the amenities our city parks have to offer. Unfortunately, littering and vandalism are on the rise.

Sat
18
Jul

Letter: Walker’s agenda is devastating for workers

To the editor:

With (Gov. Scott) Walker launching his bid for president, we can expect to hear speeches about what he has done in Wisconsin. He will brag about how he fought the public unions with the abolition of collective bargaining rights and pay cuts in Act 10 and how he demolished private unions in his Right to Work legislation.

He will tout how he eliminated Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law, which will take money directly from construction workers whether they are union or not. He will also talk about how he repealed our 100-year-old law to pay workers a “living wage” and how workers can now be scheduled to work seven days a week with no day off.

What Walker won’t talk about is his job’s record — how he only created half of the jobs that were a part of his 2010 campaign promise and how Wisconsin is only 35th in job creation and dead last for new business start-ups.

Sat
18
Jul

Letter: Summer reading activities continue at library

To the editor:

Summer is flying by. Have you stopped into the Shawano City-County Library to take part in our summer reading activities? We offer different reading programs that cover all age ranges. Kids who read over summer retain more of their reading skills when they start the next school year.

We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from July 20-25. Stop in the Children’s Room to see what is available. July 25, we will also be at the Shawano Farmers Market with some great activities for the kids. Bring your library card along; we will have books available for checkout. If you need a card we can do that, too!

Our second annual picnic will be Aug. 12 at the Shawano Lake County Park.

Call 715-526-3829, ext. 120, to make a reservation or to learn more information about any of the programs we offer.

If you have not stopped in yet this summer, we hope to see you soon.

Linda Grams,

Shawano City-County Library assistant

Sat
11
Jul

City puts best digital foot forward with new website

“Effective communication is a way to success.” Jaspal Singh Malik

The city of Shawano is proud to announce the launch of its new official website. For the past seven months, a cross-departmental website team has been working with Civic Plus to develop a new city of Shawano website, which can now be found at www.cityofshawano.com.

City Administrator Brian Knapp stated, “This is a great example of all city departments working together to improve our customer service capabilities.”

Sat
11
Jul

Letters: Former city hall became Kuester residence

To the editor:

Wednesday’s Leader contained a large photo of a building in Clintonville’s Pioneer Park as part of an article promoting the upcoming anniversary of the local historical society. The caption referred to the History House, former city hall.

The structure was, in fact, the city hall from 1887 until 1894, when a new brick city hall was constructed. The frame building shown was then purchased by our great-grandfather, Louis Kuester, who was the city clerk. A house mover, he moved the house down Main Street to 11th Street, where it remains. The family added four bedrooms and a large sun room. The house was the Kuester family residence until 1974, when the Kuester family sold it to the historical society. So in fact, the building was well-known as the Kuester residence for 90 years. It is furnished largely as a home would have been furnished in the beginning of the 20th century.

Fri
03
Jul

Young history buff meets WWII hero


Contributed Photo World War II veteran Reuben Schaetzel recently autographed a copy of “Frontlines World War II” for World War II history buff Jake Jenkins, 10.

Sometimes we become concerned about the future of our country. Do our young people realize how precious our freedoms are; do they think about our veterans and their sacrifices?

I recently spent some time with a young boy who alleviated my concerns and made me realize patriotism is not lost on our youth.

Jake Jenkins is only 10 years old. He has a keen interest in World War II. He has visited several war ships, including the USS Yorktown and the USS Clamagore at Patriots Point in South Carolina; the USS North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, the USS Midway (commissioned a week after the end of World War II) in San Diego, California; and the USS Missouri and USS Bowfin at Pearl Harbor. He also visited the USS Cobia Submarine in Manitowoc.

Sat
27
Jun

Attitude is everything in meeting life’s challenges

Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves.” – Italian Proverb

I was out of the office most of this week, not giving me much time to write an article. I hope you won’t mind this short story today.

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and noticed she only had three hairs on her head.

“Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.”

So she did, and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke, looked in the mirror and saw she only had two hairs on her head.

“Hmmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.”

She did and she had a grand day.

The next morning she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed she only had one hair on her head.

“Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.”

So she did and she had a fun-filled day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed there wasn’t a single hair on her head.

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