AROUND THE COMMUNITY: Safe Haven pushes to turn Shawano teal

Several area downtown businesses in Shawano recently collaborated with Safe Haven Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support Center for their Turn the Town Teal initiative, to help raise awareness of the issue of sexual assault.

The city of Shawano, the Shawano Business Improvement District and Safe Haven worked together to create the campaign for the month of April. The month was kicked off with Mayor Bruce Milavitz signing a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, both causes that are a focus of the mission at Safe Haven.

Members of the Safe Haven team and volunteers wrapped approximately 67 trees with teal ribbons at Franklin Park, on Main Street and Huckleberry Harbor. Each of the trees represented one of the 67 sexual assault survivors who have received services at Safe Haven in the first quarter of this year.

“In the first quarter of 2023, Safe Haven served over 55% of all sexual assault survivors that presented in the entire 2022 year,” said Jennifer Laude-Bisterfeldt, Safe Haven executive director. “The first step to prevention is awareness. If we come together as a community and recognize this as an issue, we can help stop assaults before they happen.”

Safe Haven worked closely with the city and the BID to coordinate their Vinyasa Against Violence and Shawano Ladies’ Day events, both held April 21. Over 30 businesses participated in fundraisers for Safe Haven and awareness campaigns to encourage shoppers to wear teal, the color that represents sexual assault awareness, nationwide.

15 students receive SkillsUSA awards

Fifteen area students came home from the SkillsUSA Wisconsin State Leadership and Skills Conference closing ceremonies held April 26 in Madison with a number of awards.

The local award recipients include the following:

• Devon Dorn and Kolten Krueger, Oconto Falls High School, gold in additive manufacturing

• Baelyan Putz, Shawano Community High School, gold in automotive maintenance light repair

• Jerald Wetzel, Bonduel High School, gold in cabinet making

• Marcus Gutenberger, Pulaski High School, bronze in computer programming

• Phillip Heroux, Gillett Secondary School District, bronze in information technology service

• Paige Wolf, Bonduel Middle School, silver in job interview

• Ethan McClone, Bonduel Middle School, bronze in job skill demonstration

• Grant Bouche, Oconto Falls High School, gold in motorcycle service technology

• Marli Novy, Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, silver in prepared speech

• Addison Raymakers, Bonduel Middle School, gold in prepared speech

• Bryce Christensen, Oconto Falls High School, gold in sheet metal

• Anna Burd, Oconto Falls High School, bronze in sheet metal

• Arianna Ross, Shawano Community High School, silver in welding sculpture

• Kash Giese, Bonduel Middle School, bronze in welding sculpture

Founded in 1973, SkillsUSA Wisconsin — with more than 2,500 members in over 180 chapters — is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has the skilled work force needed to stay competitive.

HSHS names outstanding nurse for Oconto Falls

Hospital Sisters Health System has announced Misty Reed from St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls as the 2022 Surgical Care Nurse of the Year award winner.

Nurse of the Year award recipients are honored for demonstrating passion, quality and excellence in nursing and carrying out the core values of HSHS: respect, care, competence and joy. They are nominated by nursing colleagues and chosen by nursing leadership and the hospitals’ professional nurse practice council.

“I relate to my patients, and I feel that I have a natural ability to connect compassionately, by not only being professional but also establishing thoughtful and sincere interactions,” Reed said. “I believe in building interpersonal relationships with my patients because it gives them a positive feeling of trust, confidence and demonstrates my passion by providing them comfort toward their care.”

Shawano hospital gets stroke care certification

Five ThedaCare Critical Access hospitals, including ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, have all earned acute stroke-ready certifications from DNV GL-Healthcare.

This certification allows smaller and rural hospitals to demonstrate excellence by complying with standards of care for the initial treatment of stroke patients, when rapid action and proper medications can save lives and limit the long-term disabling effects of strokes. Each of the hospitals also has an on-site stroke program coordinator to ensure teams have the tools, resources and knowledge they need to continue to care for patients suffering from strokes.

Hillside Assembly to host military service

Hillside Assembly will present a program honoring military personnel at 10 a.m. May 28 at the church, 5890 State Highway 22, Gillett.

There will be a special speaker, Tom Ammerman, who will share his story and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many in the military to ensure that America has freedom today. Each veteran will receive a gift as thanks for his or her service.

For information, call the church office at 920-855-2962.