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Wed
13
Sep

Weidner event marks WRVM’s 50th anniversary

Some pretty interesting firsts occurred on Sept. 17, 1967.

The weekly spy thriller “Mission Impossible” premiered on CBS-TV.

The New Orleans Saints played their first NFL game, a 27-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

It is also the day Christian radio station WRVM began broadcasting to Northeast Wisconsin from the top of Suring Hill in Oconto County. The evening-only broadcasts emanated from a three-room, cinder-block building. There was no running water.

WRVM had a full-time staff of two – manager Hardy Hayes and announcer Lynn Herman.

“I was 26 years old,” Herman recalled.

Hayes, Herman and part-time station technician Dean Brubaker were the first voices heard on the station at 12701 State Highway 32. When asked if he remembered those first words, Herman said he couldn’t say for sure, except that is “was probably ‘welcome to WRVM’ and an explanation of what the station was, and what the call letters signified.”

Wed
06
Sep

Abrams theater to hold auditions for ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. has scheduled open auditions Sept. 18 and 19 for its winter show, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

With music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, the production was adapted from the hit 1944 film of the same title starring Judy Garland.

The plot follows the lives of the middle-class Smith family as they journey through comedic misunderstandings, jovial pranks, love and hardship surrounding the 1904 World’s Fair. The film garnered four Academy Award nominations and includes memorable musical numbers like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song.”

The musical calls for various roles, both male and female, 8 years and older.

Performers will have two opportunities to audition, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, or 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at The Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

Wed
06
Sep

Christ Church celebrates 125th anniversary with a pig roast

Christ Lutheran Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a pig roast from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, corner of Red Banks Road and County Road H in the town of Underhill. The public is invited.

The menu includes charcoal roasted pork, sauerkraut, German potato salad, red potatoes, baked beans, corn, coleslaw, fresh vegetables, buns, bars, root beer floats and beverages.

Prices are $9 for 15 and older, $5 ages 6-14, free for 5 and younger. The dinner will be served in the fellowship hall with some seating in an outdoor tent, weather permitting.

Christ Lutheran Church was organized in in 1892 in the neighborhood of Berry Lake and served by Pastor P.H Dicke, with descendants who are church members yet today.

Up until 1998, annual ham dinners were served in the basement of the church. Seating space was rather limited, and the members needed to use every foot of the small kitchen effectively for dinners and other big events.

Wed
06
Sep

Grace Lutheran Church to host national Bible study

LifeWay Christian Resources and Living Proof ministries are partnering to simulcast Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore, from Toledo, Ohio, on Oct. 14. Grace Lutheran Church, Oconto Falls, is serving as a host location for the area.

A planning meeting for women who would like to volunteer to help with this event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the church, 501 S. Main St., Oconto Falls. Volunteers will be needed for promotion, prayer and to help the day of the event. Any woman is welcome to attend the planning meeting.

Living Proof Live, sponsored by Nashville-based publishing company LifeWay Christian Resources, will feature Moore, considered one of today’s top women’s ministry leaders. Dove Award recipient Travis Cottrell will lead worship via simulcast.

The simulcast event will focus around one theme: “Captivated: The Wonder of Christ on the Winding Road.”

Wed
06
Sep

‘Bee’ will leave you l-a-u-g-h-i-n-g

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. invites the community to its fall show, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The show is presented through an arrangement with After Dark Productions, established as a division of Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. to bring edgier material to the stage. Due to adult themes and language, the show is rated PG-13 and is suitable for mature audiences only.

Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk awards, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences across the country with its wit and humor. It is based a book by Rachel Sheinkin and features a score by William Finn.

“If you really want to get away and remember what it was like to be kid, this will allow you to go back in time and put yourself back into a spelling bee,” director Kari Devine said.

She said the musical provides a great afternoon or night out for adults looking for high quality and highly enjoyable live entertainment.

Wed
23
Aug

Nonprofit Profile

The Forget Me Not Fund was established by the Wolf River Region Dementia and Caregiver Network to support causes that are dedicated to educating caregivers and providing training events for families touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Forget Me Not Fall Fashion show was started by the Wolf River Dementia Network in 2007 as a fundraising effort. It became so successful that in October 2016 it became a nonprofit organization, Forget Me Not Fund Inc.

“The effort got so big we needed something to take care of the funds,” President Cara Peterson said.

The first five fashion shows were sponsored by the Arc Angels out of Clintonville. The Cottages then took over the shows.

This year’s show will be presented on Oct. 17 at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena. Fashions will be provided by Body Essentials, Dreier’s, Generations, Gentlemen’s Quarter, Maurices and Tumbleweed.

Wed
23
Aug

S.T.E.F. supports young hunters, anglers

S.T.E.F. recently donated $750 to the Oconto River Kids, an organization in Mountain that provides hunting and fishing adventures for kids with life-threatening illnesses.

“This was one of our goals to do something with kids in the hunting field, which was one of our daughter’s passions,” said Joe Kanack, the organization’s president. “This is truly a great service they are providing.”

Special Thoughts Everyday Forever was formed after the death of Stefanie Kanack in July 2015. Through funding, educating and supporting community needs, her family hopes to impact those in need.

Kanack said S.T.E.F. is also planning to take one of the Oconto River Kids on a whitetail hunt during the youth hunt Oct. 7 and 8 on the family’s land.

Wed
23
Aug

Summer Sunset Music Series ends Friday

The third and final installment of this year’s Summer Sunset Music by the River series features an acoustic 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock cover band, Johnny Wad Unplugged, aka Bazooka Joe, on Friday.

The Sunset Music by the River series features concerts at the East Side Beach on North Main Street in Oconto Falls. The events, sponsored by the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, are free to the public from 6-9 p.m. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, purchase food and beverages from local vendors on the grounds, and enjoy live music from popular Green Bay-area bands as the sun goes down.

The Cougars kicked things off in June, followed by BoomBoxx in July. On Friday, Johnny Wad Unplugged, aka Bazooka Joe, will play the final performance just like the band did last year.

Here is what lead singer and guitarist Chris Dame has to say about it.

Q: What was your reaction when you were asked to return of the Summer Sunset Music Series of concerts?

Wed
16
Aug

Engagements

Jensen-Carlson

Allen and Cindy Jensen, of Tigerton, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Jensen, to Dan Carlson, son of Dale (Kathy) Carlson and Deb (Dave) Bunker, all of Gillett.

The bride-to-be is a 1998 graduate of Tigerton High School and is an in-plant supervisor with Premier Ink Systems.

The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Gillett High School and is a heavy equipment operator with Jackie Foster Inc.

An Aug. 25, 2017, wedding is planned.

Wed
16
Aug

Community Health Fair scheduled for Sept. 8

Area residents are invited to learn more about health and wellness resources available in Oconto County at the Community Wellness Fair from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Bond Community Center, 1201 Park Ave., Oconto.

Dr. Paul Hudson, interventional cardiologist with Bellin Health, will speak about advances made in heart surgeries at 11a.m. Registration is required to attend the presentation; call the Bond Community Center at 920-834-5585.

Oconto County Public Health and the Oconto Police Department will hold a medication disposal. Balance, blood pressure, hearing, memory and skin cancer screenings will be performed by representatives of Bellin Health Physical Therapy, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Bellin Health Ear-Nose-Throat, Aging and Disability Resource Center and Forefront Dermatology.

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