Community

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.

Wed
28
Dec

Lena Lions honor longtime agriculture teacher

Doug Neta, president of the Lena Lions Club, presented Roberta Windus with the Educators Community Service Award earlier this month at the club’s annual pre-Christmas awards banquet at Romy’s Holiday Inn Supper Club at Kelly Lake.

For a number of years, the Lena Lions have presented the award to an educator from the Lena Public Schools who has contributed volunteer work to the Lena community.Windus is the longtime agricultural teacher in Lena.

Windus grew up in the Valders area and graduated from Valders High School. She earned an associate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture educaiton from UW-River Falls and a Master of Science degree in education from UW-Stevens Point.

Wed
28
Dec

Bizjak honored by Lena Lions

The Lena Lions have named Craig Bizjak as the recipient of the 2016 Lena Lions Member Community Service Award.

Club President Doug Neta presented the award at the club’s annual Christmas party Dec. 6 at Romy’s Holiday Inn.

Bizjak was born in Milwaukee and graduated from Custer High School in 1973. He has one brother, Thomas.

He moved to the Lena area a number of years ago. He is employed at Silvan Industries in Marinette and in his spare time has worked on the Bizjak farms near Crivitz and the Hallada farms in the Lena area.

He is a 20-year member of the Lena Lions and served many years as the club treasurer and as a member of the board of directors. He represented the club as the voting delegate at a number of Lions district conventions.

In addition, he has worked many hours each year at the Lena Dairyfest, serving as co-chair and the organizer of the parade. Each year at the annual Lions fish fry, Bizjak is one of the main chefs.

Wed
28
Dec

Abrams theater to hold auditions for ‘Annie’

Abrams Spotlight Productions will hold auditions for “Annie” next week.

Open auditions will be held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Callbacks, if needed, will be from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 5.

“Annie” won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The score, written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charmin, includes the smash hit “Tomorrow.”

With the perfect combination of street smarts and optimism, Annie warms the audience’s hearts as she rises from next to nothing to finding riches in New York City.

Performance dates will be March 31, April 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, with rehearsals Sunday and Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 8. Prior to auditioning, performers should consider their availability to attend rehearsals and performances.

There are various roles for both kids and adults, and individuals ages 8 and older are encouraged to audition.

Wed
28
Dec

Agencies receive funds to help with transportation needs

Two area agencies are among the 47 agencies statewide receiving awards totaling over $4.4 million in state and federal funds to support local transportation options for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

NEWCAP Inc. in Marinette received $47,983 for a mobility manager position and $14,989 for medical milage reimbursement.

The Oconto County Commission on Aging received $44,000 for the replacement of a mini bus.

The specialized transportation program is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation via the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.

The grants are awarded to assist local public bodies and private, nonprofit agencies with providing transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The services include mobility management, operating assistance and vehicle purchases.

Wed
21
Dec

A Deere-ly held Christmas tradition

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Are you ready for Christmas yet? One Morgan couple certainly is as they carry on a tradition they have held dear for 10 years.

Fran and Debbie Wranosky decorate their Christmas tree exclusively in John Deere ornaments, complete with matching tree skirt and tractor tree topper. I had the pleasure of seeing the tree in person and was fascinated by the wide variety of ornament types on display. There are, of course, John Deere tractors, as well as hats, sleds, lunchboxes, key chains, handmade quilted bulbs, lawnmowers, a grader, a skid steer and more.

Debbie said her very favorite ornament is a John Deere bicycle. John Deere actually did make bicycles, which were popular in the 1970s.

Wed
21
Dec

Towering candy cane shimmers at Allen farm


Photo by Keri Hicks

Doug Allen climbs his silo every fall to light up a candy cane on Allen Road in Little Suamico that can be seen from U.S. Highway 41/141.

From snowmen to Christmas lights to cedar wreaths, Christmas time is filled with all sorts of decorations. There is one unique Christmas decoration in the area that stands taller than the rest, however.

Doug Allen, of Little Suamico, has been putting a candy cane on his silo on Allen Road for over 26 years. The candy cane is so immense that it is visible from the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 41/141. Allen got the idea to create a candy cane on his silo after seeing one in Kaukauna.

“I have always liked candy canes, and there are no other ones around here,” he said.

Although it would seem like an extremely tough task, putting up the candy cane is a one-man show that Allen handles it all by himself.

“The difficult part is climbing to the top at 70 years old,” Allen said.

Wed
21
Dec

St. John’s cantata honors church’s centennial

In honor of its centennial anniversary, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett will present its ninth annual Christmas cantata, “Almost There — A Christmas Musical.”

St. John’s dedicated its new church building at 101 W. Main St., Gillett, on Dec. 3, 1916, complete with its now landmark clock and bell tower.

Featuring an ecumenical community choir, the cantata offers a unique take on the familiar Christmas story, featuring numerous solos and choral selections including old-fashioned hymns such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” as well as new contemporary Christmas favorites such as “Emmanuel” and the title song, “Almost There.”

The cantata opens and closes with “The Bells,” with a solo by Alex Young.

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