Community

Wed
01
Mar

Free workshop on crop insurance

Marinette and Oconto County University of Wisconsin-Extension offices are sponsoring a workshop March 1 to help producers understand the various types of crop insurance and how insurance interacts with a farm’s grain marketing and risk management plans.

The free workshop will be held at 10 a.m. at the Gillett Community Center, 200 E. Main St. The program will last about two hours.

For information, contact Scott Reuss at the Marinette County UW-Extension office at 715-732-7510, 877-884-4408 or scott.reuss@ces.uwex.edu.

Wed
01
Mar

Gillett library volunteer honored

Gillett Public Library volunteer Jean Frank has been awarded the annual Harold P. Heckendorf Volunteer of the Year Award. She plans to give her $250 charity prize to the library.

The award recognizes exemplary community service and volunteerism in Oconto County. It is presented by N.E.W. Credit Union in honor of Harold Heckendorf.

Frank was nominated by teacher Victoria Britton at the Gillett School District, where Frank does reading tutoring. She also is an active member of Friends of the Gillett Library and volunteered for the Community Center/Community Square project.

“She never hesitates to volunteer when asked, whether it be to set up for a book sale with her 4-H kids, or be one of the characters in our haunted house,” library director Kay Rankel said. “We appreciate all that she does for our library and the community.”

Wed
15
Feb

Rescue tools donated to Lena Fire Department


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Shown making the donation of rescue equipment, Oconto Falls Area Ambulance Assistant Director Trevor Korpi, left, shakes hands with Lena Fire Chief Craig LeFebre.

Oconto Falls Area Ambulance Service on Jan. 30 donated one of its two sets of hydraulic rescue tools, or “jaws,” to the Lena Fire Department.

The two emergency service agencies have overlapping coverage areas and work together on many traffic accidents, including on busy roads such as U.S. Highway 141 and state Highway 22. Patient care is the top priority for the ambulance service while Lena Fire focuses on extrication in severe accidents.

With the equipment donation, Lena Fire will have the capabilities of starting the extrication process at scenes where their crews arrive before an ambulance. The fire department’s employees also will have the tools they need for improved training of emergency personnel.

Officials said the donation was the Oconto Falls ambulance group’s way of thanking the Lena Fire Department for the services it provides.

Wed
15
Feb

Child development topic of class for parents

Parents of children ages 4 through 7 can get tips for helping their kids become problem solvers during a six-week course being offered at Abrams Elementary School.

The course, called “Raising A Thinking Child,” is being offered by the partnership of Abrams Elementary School, the PTO and the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Oconto County.

The class is scheduled to meet from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday from March 16 to May 4.

The cost is $15 a person, although financial assistance is available. Free child care also is provided for those enrolled in the group.

Organizers hope to teach parents and caregivers how to help children think independently, to solve problems, to enjoy learning and to assert themselves. Organizers say these skills can help children later avoid behavioral issues such as violence, depression and substance abuse.

Registration is limited and is due by March 6.

Wed
08
Feb

Bowling event to benefit humane society

DJ’s Oconto Lanes is hosting “Bowling for Beagles” Saturday to benefit the Oconto Area Humane Society & Animal Shelter Inc.

The entry fee is $20 per person or $80 per team, and sign-up is on a first come-first serve basis. The eight-pin tournament is limited to 24 four-person teams. Teams will compete for a $500 first-place cash award (based on number of teams participating).

There will be three shifts of bowling at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event will include a bowling tournament, raffles, and paddle wheel prizes.

For registration or information, call Oconto Lanes at 920-834-5588.

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.

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