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Wed
08
Feb

Fishing contest set Feb. 18-19 in Townsend

The Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club of Townsend is holding its 42nd annual Fish A Ree on Feb. 18-19, with a raffle, music, food and more.

The event will be held at the Townsend Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 18 and from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 19.

All funds raised will be used to maintain and improve snowmobile and ATV trails in the Townsend area.

In the fishing contest, a $50 cash prize will be awarded for the largest (by weight) northern, walleye, bass and panfish. All second- and third-place fish will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gas card and some fishing gear.

Fish must be freshly caught during the event at any lake within 20 miles of Townsend. There is a $10 registration fee. Under state rules, fish may not be returned to the water after being brought to the event.

Wed
08
Feb

School offering ceramics lessons


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Working together on ceramics projects are, from left, Kara Philhower, Caroline Hendricks and Hailey Delzerat during a lesson offered at Oconto Falls Elementary School by FACE: Falls Area Community Enrichment.

Oconto Falls School District is offering a community enrichment program for members of the public to learn how to glaze ceramics at Oconto Falls Elementary School.

So far this school year, the program called FACE: Falls Area Community Enrichment has offered one class for glazing a Christmas plate and another to glaze a wine glass or beer stein, which can double as a coffee mug.

The program is a chance for couples, parents and children, or friends to socialize and do something artsy and fun.

A few more events will be held throughout the school year. The next opportunity is Feb. 16, when participants will learn to glaze a house pet’s water/food dish. Future projects include a cookie jar and a flower/plant container.

Wed
01
Feb

Fairest of the Fair events scheduled

The Oconto County Fairest of the Fair committee will again host the Junior Fairest of the Fair contest in conjunction with the Senior Fairest of the Fair contest in April.

Organizers said merging the contests, which first occurred in 2014, helps the Fairest winners develop a good working relationship throughout the year.

The 2017 Fairest of the Fair contest will be held April 2 at Gillett High School. There will be a reception open to the public, along with the on-stage portion of the program.

To be eligible for the Oconto County Senior Fairest of the Fair, a contestant must be at least 18 years old by Jan. 1, 2018. This contest is open to residents of Oconto County or current Oconto County Fair exhibitors. Contestants are required to submit an entry form, sponsorship and essay by March 3.

Wed
01
Feb

Teen’s rabbit hobby makes her a champion


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With 15 to 20 rabbit shows annually, Mallory Pienta has been honored for her award-winning Jersey Woolies. Her big wins have included best of breed at a national convention last October.

For 16-year-old Mallory Pienta, rabbits are a girl’s best friend.

Mallory, a sophomore at Oconto Falls High School, began showing rabbits at the age of 5. She participates in 15 to 20 shows a year.

“She got exposed to it very early on, and just took to it,” explained Stacie Pienta, Mallory’s mother, who has also raised rabbits since age 8. Stacie taught herself how to care for and show rabbits, and was able to pass it on to her daughter.

Mallory’s main showing breed is the Jersey Wooly, and her rabbits have won awards such as best of breed, best colored wool, best overall wool and best opposite.

Mallory’s Jersey Wooly named Agnes has been awarded 22 grand champions legs, which are earned by winning class competitions, best of breed, best of variety or other honors when there are three exhibitors and five rabbits competing.

Mallory does it all — the training and breeding.

Wed
01
Feb

WinterFest coming Feb. 11 in Oconto

The Oconto Park and Recreation Department invites the public to the seventh annual Oconto WinterFest at the Oconto Golf Club on Feb. 11.

Free outdoor activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. include chair ski races, bicycle toss, ham put, turkey bowling, burger throw, bucket golf, snow rides and beanbag toss. There will also be a dog sweater contest at 1 p.m.

All-you-can-eat chili will be available for $6 a bowl at the Great Northwoods Chili Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the new Oconto Bike and Skate Park. Diners can keep the blue and white bowl as a keepsake. The chili will cost $4 if you bring a bowl from a previous WinterFest.

Cook-off entries should be brought to the golf club by 10:30 a.m. Prizes include $100, $50 and $25, and plaques.

A free raffle will be held after 3 p.m. with items donated by local businesses and residents.

Wed
25
Jan

Town of Morgan officials nominated at caucus

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Morgan held its traditional caucus on Jan. 14 to nominate candidates for town office. Here is some information on one of the candidates for town supervisor, as well as the candidate for town treasurer. Details on the others nominated will be printed in the coming months.

Ron Korzeniewski is one of the candidates for two town supervisor positions. He has served as a town supervisor for eight years and was town chairperson for several years before that. Ron has enjoyed meeting many nice people as a town board member, which is one of his pursuits during retirement.

Wed
25
Jan

Honoring heroes of today, yesteryear


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Suring and Gillett high school basketball players display the American flag Friday at military night, an annual event in Suring. The event included a spaghetti supper and patriotic ceremony.


Photo by Rachel Ritter

Guest speaker John Maino reminds the audience at Suring School’s military night to be thankful for the little things in life and be grateful for our military troops. Honored at military night were Hubert Robenhorst, front, of Suring, and G. Frank Meunier, of Gillett. ​

Two area schools put aside their rivalries last week to recognize two veterans from their communities. Suring High School hosted its eighth annual military night and spaghetti dinner on Friday, with the help of neighboring Gillett High School.

According to Suring High School athletic director Heidi Gerndt, military night started as a service project for the boys basketball program. It provides an opportunity for students and fans to honor those who served in the military.

The two military night honorees, Hubert Robenhorst, of Suring, and G. Frank Meunier, of Gillett, were introduced by guest speaker John Maino, a Green Bay TV and radio personality and author of three books about veterans.Both men received a quilt made by the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Wed
25
Jan

‘Harvey’ production coming to Oconto


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Rehearsing for their roles in the Machickanee Players production of “Harvey” are, from left, Susie Groll, Tammie McCarthy and Debi Wood. The cast will help bring to life the classic story of a man and his imaginary rabbit.

The Machickanee Players’ February performance will feature Mary Chase’s classic production of “Harvey.”

The adventure revolves around Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, Harvey, a a large, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, are determined to commit Elwood to a sanitarium.

Non-dinner performances of “Harvey” are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 17.

Tickets are available for $12 up to 72 hours before the show, or may be purchased at the door for $15.

Dinner shows are at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. Prepaid reservations are required and must be made 72 hours before the show. The cost is $25 a person.

Dessert shows are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. Advance tickets are $17, or tickets may be available at the door for $20 on a first-come basis as seating allows.

Wed
18
Jan

Abrams ‘bots battle to championship


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Members of Team Green 4848 and 4848X, from left, Lincoln Kaszynski, Sierra Seizyk, Aaron Shallow, Paul Seizyk, Aaron Wold and Justin Engebretsen, compete as alliance partners in the VEX robotics game Starstruck on Saturday in Oconto Falls. Seventeen teams from Wisconsin and Michigan competed in the event, held for the fourth straight year at Oconto Falls High School.

A robotics team from Abrams was crowned a tournament champion at Saturday’s Northeast Wisconsin VEX Robotics Challenge Competition held at Oconto Falls High School.

Team 202 Slim Margins of Abrams was part of a three-team alliance that won the Tournament Champion Award. Team members are Jacob Delzer and Kelton Lepak, of Abrams, and Jordan Sellhausen, of Lakewood. Their mentor is Jordan’s brother, Jake Sellhausen, a mechanical engineering student at Michigan Technological University.

Slim Margins also earned the Excellence Award, which is the highest award presented in VEX competitions. The team also took home the Robot Skills Winner award.

It’s the third competition for the team this year and the third time the team has earned the Excellence Award and Tournament Champion Award. As tournament winners, the boys qualified to compete in the 2017 Wisconsin VEX High School State Championship in Milwaukee in March.

Wed
18
Jan

Wild game seminar, supper scheduled

Hillside Assembly of God Church in Gillett will sponsor its annual wild game seminar and supper on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Oconto Falls High School.

Doors open at 4 p.m. for viewing of replicas of huge trophy whitetail mounts, including bucks that measure over 200-265 inches. A one-hour seminar will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a wild game potluck supper at 6 p.m. and a second seminar at 7 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for the best wild game dish.

At 5 p.m., a seminar titled “Bear Basics II” will be presented by Travis Soletske, and “Stories of Trophies” will be presented by Randy Malcore of Trophies of Grace.

Featured speakers at 7 p.m. will be The Team Fitzgerald, Dan and Guy Fitzgerald, producers of Team Fitzgerald Keepin’ It Real Family Productions and founders of the Fitzgerald Hoss Buck Brand product line. To Dan and Guy, hunting is not just a sport, it is a way of life.

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