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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.

Wed
18
Jan

Library Notes

Oconto Falls Community Library

The Oconto Falls Community Library is celebrating its 25th anniversary at its present location.

Twenty-five years ago the staff and patrons of the library were busy moving from the Cook Memorial Library building to the new Oconto Falls Community Library on Main Street.

The library was first opened in 1904 by the FOS Club as part of a movement around the country. FOS stood for Freedom of Speech, which later changed to Fellowship of Study.

Cook Memorial Library was built in 1926, and in 1985 the city and the library board began planning to build a new library. Cook Library had become too crowded, and with new technology coming, there was no room to expand.

Wed
18
Jan

Deliciously mysterious


Photo by Anna Olson

Mary Grace Murphy has released her third book in the Noshes Up North Culinary Mystery Series, which follows the life of food blogger and restaurant critic Nell Bailey. But where Nell goes, murder and mystery follow.

Oconto author Mary Grace Murphy has once again whipped up a culinary mystery novel to appeal to mystery lovers and foodies alike.

Last fall, Murphy released “Death Nosh,” the latest addition to her Noshes Up North Culinary Mystery Series, which follows retired teacher Nell Bailey in her new role as food blogger and restaurant critic. But where Nell goes, murder and mystery follow.

What can readers expect from Nell in this helping? In her town of Bayshore, people have been turning up dead. While the police believe it to be a natural passing of senior citizens, Nell believes it to be murder.

“Of course we know what is really going on,” Murphy said, chuckling.

Readers also get to see a new side of Nell when she begins to experience relationship problems with the man in her life.

“And of course there will be food!” Murphy added.

Wed
11
Jan

Teams to square off in robotics challenge

Middle and high school students from eastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will gather in Oconto Falls on Saturday for the fourth annual Northeast Wisconsin VEX Robotics Challenge Competition.

Approximately 20 teams will battle each other with robots created from VEX EDR.

Participants will square off in the game VEX Robotics Competition Starstruck, which is played by scoring stars and cubes in scoring zones and by hanging robots from a designated hanging bar. VEX Robotics Competition Starstruck was developed by VEX Robotics Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, leaders in educational and competitive robotics.

The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Teams from Abrams, Appleton, Freedom, Green Bay, Oconomowoc, Oconto Falls and Viola in Wisconsin and teams from Crystal Falls and Kingsford, Michigan, are scheduled to compete.

Wed
11
Jan

Police shootings prompt girl into action


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Oconto County Sheriff’s Department investigators Keith Johnson, left, and Justen Ragen pose with Kati Raddatz and the gift bags she donated to the department. Besides bringing bags of candy, Raddatz also brought dog treats for the K-9 units.

A 10-year-old girl with a big heart left an impression on local law enforcement officers last month by providing bags of goodies and an uplifting message. Kati Raddatz, of Oconto Falls, turned this summer’s news about shootings of police officers into her mission this December.

Twenty-one officers were killed in ambush-style shootings in 2016, which is the most in more than 20 years, according to a preliminary report prepared by The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

“I wanted to help the police officers and give them something,” said Raddatz, a fifth-grade student at Oconto Falls Elementary School.

That “something” she gave was a gift bag filled with candy, each piece with a specific meaning. The caramel was added to help officers out of sticky situations; the gum, to help officer teams stick together; and the Laffy Taffy, to remind them to keep their sense of humor.

Wed
11
Jan

St. John’s Lutheran marks 125th anniversary

The congregation of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Gillett was organized 125 years ago, on Oct. 3, 1892, and the first constitution was adopted. The first frame church and the first parsonage were built in 1898.

From 1902-1912 a schoolhouse was erected, the frame church was remodeled, the parsonage enlarged and a cemetery of 3 acres was purchased outside of Gillett. After the frame church was destroyed by a fire, the congregation voted to build a new church, which was dedicated on Dec. 3, 1916.

Other improvements and additions were later made, including the purchase of two bells for the clock tower and a Schaefer two-manual pipe organ. The new church building immediately became a local landmark and is often referred to as “the Clock Church.”

Wed
04
Jan

Christ Lutheran celebrating 125th anniversary

The country church of Christ Lutheran, Gillett, is celebrating its 125th anniversary with the theme “Anchored to Christ the Rock of Ages.”

The celebration begins on Sunday with a 10:15 a.m. service recognizing all who have been baptized at the church through the years. Former members are invited, especially those who have been baptized there.

The current pastor, the Rev. Michael Paholke, is a baptized member of the congregation.

The service will be followed by a panoramic picture of members and guests and a potluck dinner in the fellowship hall.

The church is located on the corner of County Road H and Red Banks Road in rural Gillett, in the area known as Hintz.

Early records indicate the congregation was formed from two groups served by Pastor Peter Dicke; one from the Berry Lake neighborhood and the other from the area north of the church.

Wed
04
Jan

ADRC will host community education programs

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Wolf River Region, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, is offering three free education programs at the ADRC office, 229 Van Buren St., Oconto Falls.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the topic will be “Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal and Financial Planning.” Participants will learn how to have honest and caring conversations when someone begins to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

The presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 21, will be “Know the 10 Signs.” The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. This training shares the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, separates myth from reality and addresses commonly held fears.

The presentation on Tuesday, March 21, will be “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s.” Participants will learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Wed
04
Jan

Sled dog racing coming to Mountain

Upwards of 50 sled dog teams hailing from throughout the Midwest and beyond will converge on the town of Doty for the inaugural Doty Dog Days of Winter sled dog race and festival.

Races will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, and continue throughout both days.

The race start and finish will be located at the Doty Community Center, 14899 County Road T, Mountain, 1 mile north of state Highway 64.

Race events on Saturday and Sunday will include junior (age 7 and up) two- and three-dog classes, adult 10-dog, six-dog and four-dog classes, and adult two- and three-dog skijoring. Race distances will vary from 2 miles to 12.5 miles.

Ample spectator viewing areas are available at the start and finish lines. Spectators are encouraged to enter the dog holding area and watch the dogs being prepared for the race. Individuals might be asked to help hold a team at the starting line.

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