Community

Wed
02
Aug

Firefighters train for propane emergency


Photo by Megan Oswald

A team of firefighters, left, approaches a burning gas grill prop at the propane training session held at the Green Valley fire station on July 18. The back-up team of fire personnel, right, is ready to take over if the exercise does not go as planned.

Greetings, Morgan!

I had an interesting opportunity a couple of weeks ago to see our very own firefighters hone their skills at a propane fire training session. The Green Valley-Morgan Fire Department hosted the event on the evening of July 18, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Propane Education & Research Council.

Fire LLC certified instructors Luke Vannoie, Logan Simkowski and Taylor Noe led the training, which began with a classroom session. Then, over 60 firefighters from Green Valley-Morgan, Bonduel, Underhill, Pensaukee, Gillett, Shawano and Tri-County had the opportunity to practice controlling fires with each of the available props, such as a gas grill, forklift tank, household size tank and propane terminal piping.

Wed
26
Jul

BoomBoxx aims for the top

The second installment of the Sunset Music by the River series Friday will showcase BoomBoxx, an energetic band that covers classic rock and pop hits.

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.

Here is what lead singer Jeff Czerniejewski says about the event.

Q: What was your reaction when you were asked to be a part of the new summer series of concerts?

Wed
26
Jul

Abrams theater to stage ‘Steel Magnolias’


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Ali Dewilde, seated, Breanna Gusick, standing left, and Julie Muenster rehearse a scene from “Steel Magnolias.” The show will be performed on the first two weekends of August at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams.

Abrams Spotlight Productions invites the community to its summer show, “Steel Magnolias,” a production full of sass, style and sisterhood.

Written by American playwright Robert Harling and based on his experience with his sister’s death, the show is set in Louisiana in the 1980s and is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming.

“It is a rare treat to find a production as emotionally provoking as ‘Steel Magnolias,’” said Abrams Spotlight Productions director Cate Kopkey.

Bringing the Southern sisterhood to life are six seasoned actresses: Ali DeWilde as Shelby Eatenton, Nan Macy as M’Lynn Eatenton, Breanna Gusick as Truvy Jones, Janet Koehne as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto, Pam Loberger as Clairee Belcher, and Julie Muenster as Ouiser Boudreaux.

“What these women are able to convey is that friendship, in its true form, which follows no guidelines, breaks down all barriers, and heals the aching heart,” Kopkey said.

Wed
26
Jul

Auditions to be held for murder mystery

Auditions for the Machickanee Players’ October production of “The Case of the Fatal Farewell” are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 7-8 at the Park Avenue Playhouse, 408 Park Ave., Oconto.

The murder mystery, which requires a cast of six men (age 20 and older) and five women (age 30 and older), will be performed the last two weekends in October. The play’s story line focuses on a long-absent husband who returns home to his wife and their hobby farm, only to be murdered the very next day.

The list of suspects includes the wife, the neighbor, the family attorney, the wife’s childhood friend and a simple-minded farmhand.

The play will be directed by the playwright, Kathy Campshure. For information, contact Campshure at kcberg1@centurylink.net or 920-373-5477.

Wed
12
Jul

Machickanee Players announce 2017-18 season

The Machickanee Players have announced the lineup of productions for their 35th season.

Tickets will be available online via Facebook or www.themachickaneeplayers.org, or in person at BayShore Books LLC in Oconto.

The season will open with a murder mystery written and directed by Kathy Campshure. In “The Case of the Fatal Farewell,” a long-absent husband returns home to his wife and their hobby farm, only to be murdered the very next day. The fast-paced murder mystery is designed to keep audiences guessing until the very end. Production dates will be from Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29.

Wed
29
Mar

‘Annie’ debuts Friday night

The story of a spunky little girl who knows the sun will come out tomorrow has delighted audiences from Broadway to the silver screen, and now she’s coming to the Byng Community Theatre in Abrams starting Friday night.

The musical “Annie” is the first 2017 production of Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc., whose mission is to bring family friendly plays and musicals to the community. The show will run for eight performances, at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 9.

“When we were planning this season, we chose ‘optimism’ as the theme for 2017, and what a perfect show for that theme rolling out of the gate,” said Allie Carlson, production coordinator for the troupe.

Based on the comic strip that debuted in 1924 and ran in newspapers for 86 years, “Annie” tells the story of a little orphaned girl who is determined to find her parents who left her at the orphanage years ago.

Wed
29
Mar

Fairest of the Fair program is Sunday

The Oconto County Fairest of the Fair Committee has announced the contestants for this year’s Senior and Junior Fairest of the Fair competition, which takes place Sunday at Gillett High School.

There are three contestants for the Senior Fairest of the Fair: Danielle Bursa, Victoria Hull and Kaitlin Kramarczyk.

Four contestants will vie for the Junior Fairest of the Fair: Holly Brock, Delaney DeBauch, Macie Reed and Grace Seefeldt.

A reception with light refreshments begins at 1:30 p.m., which gives the public a chance to visit with the contestants before the final judging takes place. The program is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Gillett High School Performing Art Center.

All of the contestants will have the opportunity to speak on stage in front of an audience.

Senior contestants

Wed
15
Mar

Years Gone By

80 years ago • March 11, 1937 • Gillett Times

LAKEWOOD: A pair of robbers broke into the Isaacson store early Thursday morning, taking from the store a large quantity of food, merchandise and clothing. The sheriff’s department at Oconto was notified about 11 a.m. Thursday and the Sheriff Chas Quirt with Deputy Elliott Flynn traced the two by footprints in the snow for three miles through the woods.

OCONTO COUNTY: The rural electrification administration at Washington has allocated funds for the construction of 305 miles of power lines in Oconto County.

80 years ago • March 11, 1937 • Oconto Falls Herald

MOUNTAIN: The pouring of concrete for two new dams in Oconto County commenced under WPA projects. The largest dam of the two will be at Chute Pond. The other dam is being constructed at Anderson Lake.

KLONDIKE: William Ammerman Jr. made a business trip to Marinette, where he is receiving treatment for a fractured jaw incurred while cutting wood.

Wed
08
Mar

Pulaski featured in polka documentary

Pulaski Polka Days will be featured in a new Wisconsin Public Television documentary taking viewers inside the state’s vibrant polka culture.

“Polka!,” hosted by internationally known polka star Mollie Busta, best known as Mollie B., premiered on March 6 and will have an an encore broadcast at 7 p.m. Saturday on Wisconsin Public Television.

Wisconsin celebrates family, community and life with polka. Polka was designated the state dance in 1993.

Traveling statewide to festivals, music venues and celebrations where the polka community thrives and the rich tradition continues to grow, Busta uncovers how this lively dance arrived in Wisconsin, and why revelers young and old still love it, generations later.

Wed
08
Mar

Community fought high school fire together


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School officials get a closer look at the ravaged north wing of Oconto Falls School after the March 8, 1957, fire. The photo is from the 1957 school yearbook.

A community came together as one the morning of March 8, 1957 – 60 years ago this week – when the north wing of the Oconto Falls School burned down.

The north wing, built in 1915, housed classrooms for the high school students. The junior high classrooms were located in the original part of the high school, built in 1903. What is now the gymnasium at Washington School was added in 1926.

Fire, later determined to be electrical in nature, was discovered at 7 a.m. in the attic by the janitors, Everett Housner and Bill Delzer.

As news swept through the town, volunteers offered to help the firefighters. Oconto Falls Paper Mill plant manager Gil Heath provided manpower by shutting down one paper machine and making equipment available. The plant’s fire brigade assisted the fire department; they included Ed Marks, crane operator; Bob Johnson, purchasing and traffic manager; and Jim Johnson, window attendant.

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