S.T.E.F. donates $13,000 to area organizations

Joe and April Kanack, second and third from left, present a donation to Oconto Falls Youth Football on behalf of S.T.E.F. Representing the youth football group are Chad Earley, left, Carrie Hill and Jon Spice. (Contributed photo)

The S.T.E.F. organization has made all of its donations with the money raised last fall on the group’s annual Fall Color Ride. All donations went to local communities with an emphasis on youth mental health.

The organization, which stands for “Special Thoughts Everyday Forever,” is devoted to funding, educating and supporting community needs in memory of Stefanie Kanack, who died in July 2015. Its main fundraiser is the Fall Color Ride, scheduled this year for Sept. 29 from Ray’s Boneyard in Lena. The purpose, according to the group’s Facebook page, is “raising money for charities that were important in Stef’s life, while also raising awareness to suicide prevention.”

This year’s donations were as follows:


Rummage sale tips from a longtime buyer/seller

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Oconto Falls Fun Fest and community rummage sales are less than a month away, and former library director Jeanne Waschbisch provides some tips based on 50 years of attending and hosting rummage sales.

Oconto Falls communitywide rummage sales will take place Aug. 9-11. To maximize your profits and minimize your labor, here are suggestions to make all that effort worthwhile. It’s a great time to get family and friends together to hold a sale or to shop other sales.

1. Start early to get your items together and priced. If you have space for a dedicated area to keep rummage items together through the year, collect and mark them as you find them. Masking tape and Magic Markers work well. Everyone is looking for a bargain, and there are many sales. So if you really want to get rid of things, keep prices low.


Inaugural Garden Walk features garden in Morgan

Joan and Ron Korzeniewski of Morgan volunteered their garden as one of six host sites for the Northern Gardeners Club Garden Walk on July 21. Their gardens feature many unique, handmade touches, such as the bridge pictured here. (Photo by Megan Oswald)

Greetings, Morgan, and I hope your summer is going well so far. To make your summer memories more beautiful this year, I urge you to join in a new summer event.

The Northern Gardeners Club is hosting an area Garden Walk on Saturday, July 21, to coincide with Pulaski Polka Days. The Garden Walk is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with admission being $10 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. Wristbands are available at any of the host gardens on the day of the event.

One of the six host gardens is that of Morgan residents Joan and Ron Korzeniewski, 9460 Schroeder Road. I recently had the pleasure of previewing their extensive gardens and learning about the changes on their property over the years. From talking with Joan and Ron, their yard is like a living album of their gardening hobby, with certain plants reminding each of them of specific family members and friends.


Buhrandt-Reint wedding

Sarah Reint of Faribault, Minnesota, married Mark Buhrandt of Suring on May 12 in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

The bride is the daughter of Jon Reint and Nancy (Brant) Barr of Faribault. She is a 1999 graduate of Lakeville (Minnesota) High School and serves as a Realtor with Edina Realty.

The groom is the son of Norman and Paula Buhrandt of Suring. He is a 2001 graduate of Suring High School with degrees from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2003 and Northern Michigan University in 2007. He serves as a transitions program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, where he has been employed since 2010.

The couple resides in Faribault, Minnesota, with their daughters, Zoey and Frankie.


Click for Babies campaign resumes

Gillett Handiworks will once again be taking part in the cause of Click for Babies, a public education campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) in partnership with hospitals, public health and child abuse prevention groups to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse – frustration with infant crying.
The crying done by newborns is referred to as the Period of Purple Crying. It is referred to as a “period” to show that the time frame does have a beginning and an end.
Purple is used as an acronym: P, peak of crying at 2 months; U, unexpected; R, resists soothing; P, pain like face; L, long lasting; and E, evening.


Golf outing supports two local nonprofits

Stay at HomeCare LLC presents the 15th annual Four-Person Golf Scramble to benefit New Beginnings Employment and Training Center and New View Industries on July 27 at The Patriot Golf Club in Abrams.
Entry fee is $60 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, hole events, games, lunch and dinner. Entry deadline is July 13. The first 36 paid teams will be accepted. Registration is at 8 a.m., and shotgun start is at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for men and women/mixed teams; two hole-in-one opportunities to win $10,000; raffle prizes and a putting contest.


Norsk Farm presents Family Farm Day

The Norsk Farm presents its seventh annual Family Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The public is welcome to visit the Organic Valley dairy farm at 6366 Fredrickson Road, Lena.
The seventh-generation organic, grazing dairy farm opens its gates once a year with family activities that include beekeeping demonstrations, pasture walks, ice cream making, hay rides with historic farm tours, container gardening, miniature horses, alpacas, cow milking demonstrations, baby animals and more. There will be cheese curd samples, watermelon and water bottles provided for a small donation.
Parking and admission are free. Lunch including Organic Prairie Hot Dogs and Brats, Norsk Farm Hamburgers and Oley’s Pizza will be available for purchase.


Auditions for 'Cabaret' start Monday

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold auditions for its fall show, “Cabaret,” the flashy musical set in a 1920s Berlin nightclub.

Rated PG-13, “Cabaret” explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.

Performers will have two opportunities to audition, from 6-8 p.m. Monday or 6-8 p.m. June 20 at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Anyone interested in a principal role should prepare a two-minute vocal audition and provide sheet music or a karaoke track.


Abrams theater to present Neil Simon comedy

David Jolly and Julie Muenster rehearse their roles as Victor and Ethel in the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. summer show, “Barefoot in the Park.” The show will be staged June 15-17 and June 22-24 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. (Photo by Joan Koehne)

Characters run the gamut from straight-laced to eccentric in the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. presentation of “Barefoot in the Park.” The romantic comedy will have everyone laughing at performances scheduled June 15-17 and June 22-24 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams.

“This is a Neil Simon comedy so you can expect a funny, yet grounded show with a bit of an absurd streak running through the middle,” said director Tim Rutten-Kempees. “Everyone should find someone they identify with on stage with this show.”

The play features newlyweds Paul Bratter, a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer; Corie, his free-spirited wife; Corie’s loopy mother; and an eccentric neighbor-in-the-attic, Victor Velasco. Corie wants her husband to be more spontaneous, and running “barefoot in the park” would be a start.


Breakfast on the Farm is June 10 in Suring

Volunteers cook scrambled eggs at the 2016 Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm. (Times Herald file photo)

The Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm Committee plans to celebrate June Dairy Month by attending Breakfast on the Farm on Sunday, June 10, at Sunrise Dairy north of Suring.

A sunrise service kicks off the event at 7 a.m., and breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Entertainment will be available for all ages, including live music, a petting zoo, children’s games and activities, and much more. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $8 for 11 and older, $4 for 4-10, and 3 and under are free, Presale event tickets are available at Peshtigo National Bank branches in Coleman, Gillett and Oconto Falls; N.E.W. Credit Union branches in Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring; Lena Fast Stop, and Suring Dollar Value Store.


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