Community

Wed
23
May

Logging camp museum opens this weekend


Bob Brown completes repairs on the logging sled at Holt and Balcom Logging Camp Museum in Lakewood. (Contributed photo)

After a deep clean of the Holt and Balcom Logging Camp Museum in Lakewood in early May, the site is ready for what looks to be another excellent year.

“Our staff volunteers Dave Zulegar and George Richards helped us spruce up the camp in anticipation of a very busy school tour schedule with six schools booked for May and June,” said Bob Brown, camp manager. “We begin our regular public tours on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.”

School visits began May 14 with a new participant in 2018, Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Christian School, Lena. Other schools coming for their annual field trips are Suring, White Lake, Oconto, Wabeno and Gillett.

“It’s always fun to watch the excitement as the children enjoy a hands-on interactive look at their logging heritage,” Brown said.

Wed
09
May

First World Migratory Bird Day celebrated this year


Tundra swans rest April 6 just west of Oconto on their migratory journey to their nesting range in the high Arctic. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Carnes)

This year is a special year for bird conservation as it celebrates the first World Migratory Bird Day. Two of the world’s largest bird education programs — the International Migratory Bird Day, started in 1993, and World Bird Day, started in 2006 — have united under this program to celebrate and promote migratory bird conservation around the globe and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.

The initiative has created a worldwide campaign organized around our planet’s three major migratory bird corridors, the African-Eurasian, the East Asian-Australasian and the Americas. Conservation efforts for birds and their habitats occurring in the flyways of the Americas are spearheaded by Environment for the Americas, with the intent of helping birds that range from Canada and the U.S. to the Caribbean and Argentina.

Wed
11
Apr

Society plans display on sheriffs from Suring

The announcement, “The sheriff is in town,” may have struck fear but more likely friendship into the minds of the folk of the Suring area in the past 70 years. While in conversation on the recent passing of former Sheriff Gerald Gehling, members of the Suring Area Historical Society realized that since 1950 the Suring area has had seven out of the last 11 sheriffs of Oconto County.

The Society wants to have a display area dedicated to these sheriffs at its museum, 639 Main St., which is scheduled for a grand opening May 5-6. If anyone has pictures or comments about these men, it would be appreciated if they could send them to SAHS, P.O. Box 85, Suring, WI 54174 or contact Duane Wardecke at 920-842-4085.

The following is a list of the Suring area sheriffs, their time of service and their residence:

• Joseph J. Foral, 1951-1955, town of Breed

• Robert Schoenebeck, 1961-1962, town of Bagley

• Rupert Haave, 1965-1969, village of Suring

Wed
28
Mar

Memory Cafe, caregiver seminar planned in Gillett

The Wolf River Dementia and Caregiver Network plans to host a Memory Cafe from 1-3 p.m. April 17 at the Hillside Assembly of God Church in Gillett, in conjunction with the 2018 Spring Caregiver Conference. Those with mild memory issues, mild cognitive issues, dementia and their caregivers are welcome to join free activities, which will include painting, gardening and fishing.

Caregivers have the option to attend a seminar and learn more about available community resources or participate in activities of the Memory Cafe. Those interested in making new friends, gaining support and learning about new resources should contact Kayla Lemorande at the Aging Disability Resource Center at 715-526-4710 by Tuesday.

Wed
21
Mar

Morgan town clerk retires


Morgan town chairperson Fran Wranosky, center, thanks resigning Morgan town clerk Char Borghese, right, for her years of service at the March 12 town board meeting. Interim town clerk Julie Belongia is pictured at left. (Photo by Megan Oswald)

Greetings, Morgan! If you have news to share, you can contact me at megan.stranz@gmail.com.

Some final finishing touches are being put into place in the new town hall building, which really has turned out to be an outstanding facility. With the new town hall project basically complete, the town board accepted the resignation of town clerk Char Borghese at the March 12 town board meeting.

Char had served in that position for the past seven years and three months and was an integral part of the entire town hall construction project. When her resignation was accepted, Char happily shared that this is her second opportunity to retire, and she will continue to be an active community member.

Wed
14
Mar

Abrams theater opens 2018 with a splash


The cast of “Singin’ in the Rain” will be singing and dancing among the raindrops March 16-18 and 23-25 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. Front row from left are Aidan Spillane, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Breanna Duncan, Skylar Kopkey, Sydney Surber, Kaelyn Blau, Josie Sieber, Paige Stapleton and Dan Terrio; back row, Kelly Ballard, Hayden Blau, Eleanor Finger, Elizabeth Jolly and Preston Pelegrin. (Contributed photo)

Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade of Hollywood standards make “Singin’ in the Rain” the perfect entertainment for any fan of movie musicals. The iconic musical, famous for its lively tap dancing and singing, will be performed March 16-18 and 23-25 in Abrams.

“The audience will enjoy the songs and the singing,” said director Debra Jolly. “The songs are very catchy, and our singers are amazing. They will also see good dancers. Some have studied dance for many years, and some are new to dance but are working hard to polish the steps and styles.”

This show has a mix of song and dance styles, from a sassy tap dance in “All I Do is Dream of You” to the lovely ballad “You Were Meant for Me” to the “Broadway Melody/Gotta Dance” which moves from old-fashioned tap to a jazzy duet to a chorus of dancing and singing.

The script also includes several silent movie clips. Creating these clips was a new experience for the production crew.

Wed
07
Mar

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser benefits Oconto Falls Fire Department

Friends of the Oconto Falls Fire Department plan to hold their annual fundraising dinner from 4:30-7:30 p.m. March 17 at the fire station, 500 Cherry Ave., Oconto Falls.

The event includes dinner, desserts, refreshments and bucket raffles. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 60-plus and $5 for ages 5-12.

Proceeds from past spaghetti dinners have helped the department purchase such items as thermal imaging cameras, rescue boat and trailer and a Genesis hydraulic rescue cutter and spreader.

Wed
07
Mar

CHS Harvest for Hunger donations sought

CHS Larsen Cooperative is gathering donations of money, food and crops to help fight hunger. As part of CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive, the cooperative will accept contributions through March 20 at its locations in Oconto Falls, New London, Readfield, Center Valley, Weyauwega and Larsen; they will then deliver all collections to our local food pantries.

“Hunger is a reality for more than 40 million people in America, including 13.1 million children. Every dollar we raise through CHS Harvest for Hunger can purchase six pounds of food through our food banks,” said Todd Reif, general manager. “That’s making a real difference for those in need.”

Wed
07
Mar

Megan Cain to speak at spring garden conference

Spring Garden Conference 2018 registrations are now being accepted by the Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association. This event, now in its 23rd year, will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette campus on March 24.

The keynote speaker is Megan Cain, founder of The Creative Vegetable Gardener and the Flavorful Life Garden Club, who is an educator, author and speaker. Cain has a love of gardening and shares what works and what doesn’t with youth, homeowners and attendees at various speaker forums.

This conference will provide a wide range of educational sessions covering topics such as vegetable gardening, seasonal garden beds — including miniature, native, willows and perennial — and practical sessions for low-input lawn care, soil considerations, fruit tree pruning and basics before purchasing an apple tree for your yard. Several hands-on workshops are also offered.

Wed
28
Feb

Stepping out for a night of entertainment


Members of the Oconto and Oconto Falls chambers of commerce enjoy the song and dance numbers performed by the Abrams Spotlight Production cast at an After 5 event at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. They are seated on new chairs, made possible through a grant from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation. (Contributed photo)

Abrams Spotlight Productions hosted an After 5 event for members of the Oconto and Oconto Falls chambers of commerce to showcase the community theater’s new look and its performers’ talents.

The Feb. 15 event included live musical performances, food and refreshments, as well as the unveiling of the theater’s 2018 season and its new seating. Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. replaced the theater’s church pews with more comfortable and versatile chairs, thanks to an $11,535 grant from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation.

“Abrams Spotlight Productions couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the 2018 season than by bringing together the local communities and having time to socialize and enjoy live entertainment,” said Bill Koehne, president of the ASPI board. “Thanks to the Bond Foundation, we now have comfortable chairs, which make the theater experience that much better for the audience.”

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