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Sat
30
May

Community mourns death of county worker

This week an accident claimed the life of a Shawano County employee, Derek Stempa.

This column is entitled “Positively Shawano,” but there are some times it is difficult to feel positive when such tragedy hits our community. However, it is during these times of great sadness that the light of love and caring shines its brightest.

Since the tragedy, I have witnessed many acts of kindness and compassion done out of true concern and not for acknowledgment. I won’t go into specifics, but I just want to say it is heart-warming to witness the way the people in our community rally and show their support and love.

For those of you who do not already know, an account has been established at Capital Credit Union. The Shawano office is located at 1305 E. Green Bay St. There are also offices in Green Bay, Appleton and throughout northeast Wisconsin.

Derek left behind a loving wife and two small children.

Sat
30
May

Letter: New scholarship available to Gresham community

To the editor:

Gresham Scholarship Fund has enjoyed great support from the community since we all began to pull together in this effort 14 years ago. We have shared a common goal: to help Gresham students pursue secondary education.

A few years ago, we began to think about how we might expand on this theme and help other community members further their education. The board of directors has carefully increased the amount of each scholarship as support has grown.

The challenge we face: never reduce the scholarships awarded to graduating seniors of Gresham High School.

The Community Scholarship is only available to members of the Gresham community and is worth $1,000. Any community member who has completed one semester in a post-secondary education institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is encouraged to apply. The application deadline is June 30.

Sat
30
May

Letter: Walker needs to focus on job he was elected to do

To the editor:

Democrats and citizens concerned for an open Wisconsin government, with funds being utilized as expected, have launched a probe into Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s job creation agency after the Wisconsin State Journal reported a troubled organization made a loan to one of Walker’s top donors five years ago. Who? Minahan’s Building Inc.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association’s board said at a news conference that they were outraged by the findings. The report begs serious questions about whether the agency and Walker’s administration did an improper political favor for the donor.

Fri
22
May

Jamboree will include kickoff of sturgeon sculpture project


Contributed Photo This is one of 12 brass sturgeon sculptures that will be permanently mounted and hidden in plain sight on the exteriors of buildings throughout the downtown Shawano area as part of a project inspired by a Leadership Shawano County class.

“As a leader, you have the power to help others become winners.” — Ken Blanchard

Leadership Shawano County was started in 2000 by former chamber of commerce director Val Wiley, along with UW-Extension staff Linda Olson and Jim Resick. Chuck Dallas, a graduate of Leadership Wisconsin, brought the idea to Shawano and encouraged the formation of the local program.

The goal of LSC is to build a pool of citizens with a broad knowledge of ideas, issues and concerns facing our local communities. Participants become aware of the challenges and existing resources, and it is hoped they will take a leadership role in helping to meet those challenges.

Fri
22
May

Letter: Poverty, homelessness are not lifestyle choices

To the editor:

This is in regard to the story from May 14 entitled, “Council denies homeless shelter permit.”

I was initially disheartened by the conversation at the City Council meeting regarding the issuance of a conditional use permit to Shawano Area Matthew 25 (SAM 25) to create an emergency center/shelter on Green Bay Street. As a family physician in Shawano and Menominee counties, I know poverty and homelessness are something many of my patients struggle with on a daily basis.

The notion that these individuals choose this lifestyle is simply untrue. Most of these people have dealt with personal tragedies, physical and mental illness, single parenthood, addiction, abuse, neglect and just bad luck. I am frequently awed by the determination and courage these individuals display as they fight each day to survive. I do not know that I could be so brave if I had such a battle to fight.

Fri
22
May

Letter: Special needs prom provides lessons for all

To the editor:

On May 15, our Power of Peer Supports (POPS) group at Bonduel High School had the opportunity to help out with a special needs prom dance at our school. About eight different schools came from nearby areas to spend the day together.

Girls had their hair and makeup done and wore beautiful dresses. Boys were dressed in their very best as well! About 15 POPS students and a couple of teachers spent the whole morning decorating the room, which would soon be the dance floor, with balloons and streamers.

Fri
15
May

Projects reflect city’s investment in job growth, retention

Plan your work and work your plan.” Ann-Marie Heidings

The city of Shawano works very hard to accommodate business needs and encourages job growth and retention in our community.

Perhaps residents are not fully aware of the assistance the city gives to businesses, so I will use today’s column to focus on the three most recent projects the city is financially supporting.

Tax Incremental Finance District 6 was created last year to assist in eliminating blighted conditions and promote commercial redevelopment along East Green Bay Street.

United Cooperative owns property located at 660 Seward St., which lies within the boundaries of TIF 6. United Cooperative intends to remodel the building located there and construct a new feed mill, associated loading and warehouse facility, and grain storage and drying bins on the site. The planned expansion will require the purchase of additional properties adjacent to the site.

Fri
15
May

Letter: Comments about homeless are embarrassing

To the editor:

I was ashamed at comments that were reportedly made at the recent City Council meeting when a homeless shelter proposal was debated — referring to those who are homeless as “those people” and stating that homelessness is a “chosen form of life.”

Many who are homeless are also living with mental illness of some type. Do people really think that one chooses to have mental illness?

Get real, people. There are homeless folks in Shawano now. You might not think so, but I suggest you believe that way because you choose to give a blind eye to the problems real citizens are experiencing.

I hope that Matthew 25 can respond to the concerns presented by the council members so that the shelter can come to fruition. In the meantime, I know one Shawano business that I’ll be boycotting.

Daniel Fauth,

Shawano

Fri
15
May

Letter: More professionalism expected of Clintonville council

To the editor:

Mayor says: “Let’s cut the crap!” I say: “Craps gotta be cut!”

Since when is it appropriate for elected city officials who have the prestigious power to make the most important decisions for our city of Clintonville to attend their council meetings wearing blue jeans and sweatshirt while taking their oath of office? Wearing casual sport shorts and jeans?

Our council rooms are air-conditioned, so please dress appropriately for the offices we have elected you to. Most of our city employees and council members do dress appropriately.

Another thing that bothers me is when the presiding officer does not use the gavel to keep order when personal attacks are common among council members, which happens often. Citizens in the audience chat and make comments during the meetings, and also texting still goes on, which is distracting to those nearby.

Fri
08
May

You can always find your mother within yourself

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Is this the long way?” asked the young mother as she set her foot on the path of life.

The Guide said, “Yes, and the way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

The young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike, and reminded them to feed the dog and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone on them and the young mother said, “Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”

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