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Thu
18
Jul

Seeing our parents — in the mirror

The other day as we were driving down Main Street, hubby asked, “What should we do about dinner tonight?” I told him it was pretty hot to cook. Maybe we should just eat out. He agreed as he looked at his watch. It was 4:15 p.m.

We headed to the Studio Lounge. There was one car there. “Well, it looks like they are open, so we’ll beat the crowd,” hubby laughed. Neither of us said anything, but I know we were both thinking the same thing.

His folks always went out to eat early, really early, often standing in line waiting for Spinning Wheel to open. We went as a family for birthday dinners; Anello’s was his dad’s preference. We tried to convince them to go later, but they wouldn’t hear of it. They were German, and I’m sure you’ve heard, “You can always tell a German, but you can’t tell them much.”

Thu
18
Jul

Runaway wagon brings chopping chore to crashing end

It happened so fast, yet seemingly in slow motion. Dragging my stomach up from my feet and holding my breath, I tiptoed through the tall grass to check out the damage.

After getting home from work late one afternoon. I noticed the tractor that hauls our chopper boxes was sitting in the field right next to the house. Remembering our earlier conversation, I recalled my husband telling me that morning, “You’ll have to take over chopping when you get home.”

When you’ve been married to the same man for 40 years and he happens to be a farmer, you tend to have “exchanges.” I can’t recall how many nonverbal conversations we’ve had over the years. Usually a look and a jerk of the head or motion of the arm tells me where I need to go. What I need to do. Where I shouldn’t be. A tractor parked in an obvious spot.

Thu
18
Jul

Farmers came together to harvest crops

It didn’t seem so long ago that we were wishing for the rain to stop, and the warmth to come. We lamented, “Where is spring?”

Even at the advent of summer, it was difficult to find days in the 70s, but suddenly, the hazy, crazy days of summer are upon us. It even got dry enough out for me to start watering my plants. Everything is a mass of green now, with no brown spots in the yard.

Most farmers are breathing a sigh of relief concerning the corn crop. It seems to be catching up in this hot weather. Even though I moved off the farm in 2005, my heart is still with them.

As a child, I spent a lot of hot summer days on the tractor, raking hay. We had a chopper, so I didn’t have bales to handle. At oats harvest time, I do recall the bundles of oats that needed to be put into shocks, so it would be ready when the threshing crew arrived. We were never quite sure when that would be, as rain could delay the crew.

Wed
17
Jul

Funds available for emergency food, shelter organizations

Shawano County has been chosen to receive $6,531 to supplement its emergency food and shelter programs. Now, the local board charged with distributing those funds is seeking applications from eligible agencies.

The grant was given by a national board, chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the Salvation Army, United Way and others. A local board of community representatives, facilitated by United Way of Shawano County, will determine how to distribute the funds to area emergency food and shelter programs.

Tue
16
Jul

Free Fun Day in Mattoon

It’s time for the third annual Free Fun Day in Mattoon.

The event, sponsored by the Greater Mattoon Area Advancement Association, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sportsman Park, 1404 Park Ave.

Free Fun Day offers a little something for everyone, according to organizers, including games and a bouncy house for the kids.

Organizer Karin Koeppel said the Cool Car Corral is an opportunity for people to display antique or unique cars. There’s no fee to enter a car in the corral.

“I believe there was a dozen or two last year, and we hope for as many this year,” Koeppel said.

The Hunter Krolow Trio will play jazz at the event.

There will be meat or a main dish available for purchase; proceeds will go to the GMAAA. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. There’s no set time for lunch. People may eat whenever they’re hungry.

Mon
15
Jul

Nurse practitioner joins ThedaCare heart team

A new nurse practitioner has joined ThedaCare Cardiovascular Care, providing care to patients throughout northeast and central Wisconsin.

Emily Gurnee received an associate’s degree in nursing from Fox Valley Technical College before earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Bellin College and is a certified nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Outside of work, Gurnee spends time with family and friends and enjoys outdoor activities including gardening, hiking, running and taking walks with her two dogs, Lucky and Buddy.

Mon
15
Jul

Heatstroke a risk as temps get hotter

With summer in full swing and high temperatures in the forecast, Prevea’s health care facilities encourage everyone across Northeast Wisconsin to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, as well as the steps that can be taken to avoid heatstroke.

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. It requires emergency treatment to prevent serious complications or death. If you suspect someone is experiencing heatstroke, call 911 or seek medical assistance immediately.

Heatstroke signs and symptoms include the following:

• The main sign of heatstroke is a core body temperature of 104 degrees or higher.

• If a person who has been in hot temperatures is confused, agitated, slurring their speech, irritable, delirious or experiences a seizure, then heatstroke may be suspected.

• Vomiting may occur.

Fri
12
Jul

Making quilts for veterans, others quite a stitch

Making a quilt block is like building a house. It does not matter if you are using thread and fabric or brick and boards. The same basic rules apply. Measure twice and cut once. Anything less, will result in a messed up quilt block, or a house that won’t stand.

Of course, a quilt begins with a quilt pattern, as a house needs a blueprint. So, the first thing is to read the pattern correctly. I could have simply studied the picture of the finished block at the end of the pattern. However, I looked it over a few days ahead of time. I read the written portion, and yet, I did not notice that each block needed four solid blue squares for each corner.

Fri
12
Jul

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band coming to Green Bay

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is coming to the Meyer Theater in October.

The band will perform at the Green Bay theater at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Following an extended 50th anniversary tour, the ensemble grew to a six-piece band in 2018 for the first time since their early jug band days.

The group now includes Jeff Hanna (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Jimmie Fadden (drums, harmonica), Bob Carpenter (keyboards), Jim Photoglo (bass, acoustic guitar), Ross Holmes (fiddle, mandolin) and Jaime Hanna (electric and acoustic guitar). All six members also sing, and when their voices merge, the harmonies add a new component for the legendary band. And with the father-son pairing of Jeff and Jaime Hanna, the band carries on a country music tradition.

Fri
12
Jul

Know your family history to assess heart health

Do heart disease or cardiovascular risk factors run in your family? The answer may not be as simple as you think. The more you know about your family history for heart health, the more you can do to lower your risk and possibly lengthen your life.

“Knowing your family history and discussing your individual risk profile with your physician is an important step in taking care of yourself, and it’s never too early to get started,” said Dr. Abdelkader Almanfi, director of the Structural Heart Program with ThedaCare Cardiovascular Care. “Don’t let your family history scare you or make your feel like there’s nothing you can do. Remember, family history is just one risk factor, and most other risk factors are controllable.”

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