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21
Apr

Community lends helping hand — even when it’s buried in snow

Daunting challenges bring out the best in people. Whether hard pressed by serious health problems, confronted by a life or death crisis, saddened by the loss of a loved one or overwhelmed by the brute forces of Mother Nature’s wrath, the true sense of community shines brightest when we most need it.

Shawano County’s true sense of community has been at its zenith since a winter storm dropped about 30 inches of snow April 13-15, bringing life to a standstill.

Treacherous travel conditions, coupled with record setting snowfalls, pushed our region to its limits, shutting down most governmental entities, schools, churches, restaurants and retail stores. Through it all, our sense of community prevailed to ensure we all survived to talk about this harrowing experience.

Sat
21
Apr

You never saw Grandma without her apron


Contributed Photo Lorna Marquardt’s grandmother, Martha Robenhagen, wears an apron while hanging up clothes in the 1950s. Marquardt shared lots of “clothesline conversations” with her under those clotheslines.

Like many of you, staying in the house for days because of the blizzard had me a little stir crazy. I decided to spend a little time cleaning, not my favorite thing to do.

When my hubby was in high school, he made a beautiful cedar chest in wood shop. As I dusted off the lovely chest, I realized it had been a very long time since I peeked inside. I knew it contained several old quilts. What I didn’t know was it also contained a few surprises. Tucked inside the quilts were a few boxes. To my delight, in one of the boxes was a handmade blue checkered gingham apron from my husband’s grandma, Anna Raddant. It was a wedding shower gift and the card was still inside the box.

Grandma Raddant passed away shortly after we married, but the apron rekindled many memories, including those of my grandma Martha Robenhagen.

Sat
21
Apr

Group forming to address gun violence

To the editor:

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a nationwide organization founded by a mother after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elmenetary School in Connecticut. It is a non-partisan grassroots movement with over 5 million supporters seeking common sense solutions to address our country’s culture of gun violence while respecting the Second Amendment.

Statistics show that an average of 93 Americans a day die from gun violence. Evey 36 hours, a child goes to the emergency room with a gun-related injury.

Moms Demand Action lays out four goals to address gun safety in America, including closing loopholes in our background check system; supporting reasonable limits on where, when and how loaded guns are carried and used in public; promoting gun safety and mobilizing popular support for policies that respect the Second Amendment; and protect people.

Sat
21
Apr

County government needs to be leaner

To the editor:

The 27 members of the Shawano County Board of Supervisors are starting their new term. To begin, that means deciding the membership of 38 county committees. That seems to be a whole lot of government for a small, rural county.

In many other states, the county government is far leaner, streamlined and much more efficient in service delivery. Those states average five elected supervisors for each county. Those supervisors can meet at a conference table and look at each other as they study and deliberate their business. They are not required to address the chaiperson and are free to speak directly to one another.

The topic of what time to hold their meetings is bound to arise. That might present an opportunity to begin studying other significant reforms that would benefit the people of Shawano County.

Tom Anderson,

Shawano

Sat
21
Apr

April ‘showers’ lead to blizzard of the century

Normally, when we think of April showers, we have visions of rain bringing forth May flowers. That seems not to be the case in 2018. I happened to see a weather report on Friday the 13th that suggested some areas would be harder hit than others, and it would be the areas with thunder-snow. So, when I began to see lightning — and hear the crashing of thunder later that evening — I had an uneasy feeling.

Soon there seemed to be some sleet and, eventually, a whiteout of snow. When I woke on Saturday morning, the whipping wind was blowing around more snow, and I was hearing that Tigerton had 14 inches of snow with more to come. I thought about all the times these huge storms were forecasted but didn’t materialize, so I had my doubts.

Sat
14
Apr

A colorful solution to Shawano’s geese problem

During the past several weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion and controversy surrounding the resident geese who have made the Shawano waterways their home. Amid the public outcry, the fellas who gather at the Gresham Hardware Store added a touch of satire.

I have always enjoyed the musings of Tom Mehlberg. I loved his column; he had a way of saying things in a way only Tom could.

In regard to the recent goose issue, Tom posted: “This morning, a few of us Gresham guys were talking at the ‘Gresham think tank’ (Gresham Hardware Store) and how we Gresham guys would solve a goose problem like Shawano has. The first thing needed is for the DNR to give permission to corral the geese or gooses or whatever you want to call them. I must state if you are going to pick on a goose, you must also pick on a gander; you know, treat both sexes equal.”

Sat
14
Apr

Jazz came far to be appreciated

To the editor:

I’m going to embrak on a mission, long overdue for me to do, seeing as I’ve been an intense listener to this art form for over 64 of my 76 years alive.

I will give a cluse, first of all, to what jazz is. In two letters of the alphabet, jazz is I.I., standing for impromptu improvisation. That’s it, folks, as brief as it can be. Jazz is spur-of-the-moment thoughts and ideas of one or many musicians, singers too, performing to the same entertaining end, which can be from swinging, hard driving upbeat to low down gut bucket blues.

Sat
14
Apr

The Word of God doesn’t hurt people

To the editor:

Most people are thinking about the government in one way or another. I was sitting and listening to church. I’m trying to understand why people don’t understand how some feel about reading the book called the Bible.

People, this is a history book of years ago, and a man called Jesus.

Please don’t be afraid, for it can touch your heart like no other book.

The word “Christian” seems to have people very scared. What is there about that word? Please don’t be afraid of it, for it’s a feeling that comes from the heart.

Take time to look up the words, but don’t be afraid, for the words don’t hurt. Remember, the Creator loves you.

Sally Raddant,

Shawano

Sat
14
Apr

Those four dreaded words

Shaking me awake, my husband’s words jolted me out of a deep sleep: “The Angus got out!”

Immediately, my eyes flew open and in the muddiness, I tried to comprehend what he saying. I sensed it was urgent.

“I got them back in! You’ll have to go out there when it gets light out and tie the gate up better until I get back home to fix it tonight! Listen, listen, you awake? Go in the milk house, there’s a thick yellow rope hanging in there. Cut it into three pieces and tie the gate up to the feed wagon on the cow yard. I gotta go!”

I could hardly comprehend “the Angus got out” without letting it soak in about what I’m supposed to do. In a matter of seconds, I went from shock to relief to anxiety.

Fri
13
Apr

Forgotten purses lead to memorable moments

A woman and her purse is a relationship that most men would not understand. Purses, no matter the size, color or design, are an object that a woman never wants to be parted from.

For the past several years I have been working on making my purse be much lighter. However, I find I need to carry several items with me, just in case they are needed.

I carry a purse calendar, even though I believe I could program appointments into the cellphone. However, that calendar also contains phone numbers, but, ah, well, those are programmed into the phone also.

Another needed item is my wallet. It has everything in there, money, credit and store cards, business cards, my driver’s license, the checkbook — you get the idea.

Other stuff needed in my purse are antacids, and breath mints, just in case they are needed. Plus, since I am a diabetic, I carry sugar pills, and a protein bar, in case those are needed.

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