Community

Wed
14
Dec

Rebuilding project reaches goal


Photo by Stephanie Ortiz

The Rev. Joel Sember shows off the elevator installed at St. Anthony’s School. The congregation on Saturday celebrated the end of a three-year fundraiser to pay for the elevator.

At an open house Saturday evening, St. Anthony’s in Oconto Falls celebrated the renovations made to its Catholic school after a 2012 arson fire caused extensive damage. In particular, the congregation celebrated the completion of a three-year fundraiser to pay for an elevator.

On Feb. 21, 2012, the day before Ash Wednesday, then 16-year old Vincent Enneper set St. Anthony’s ablaze after lighting a few papers on fire. The fire quickly escalated and damaged classrooms, bathrooms and the hallway beyond the fire door.

The church itself was unscathed except for a large amount of soot, which had to be removed by a thorough professional cleaning.

Wed
14
Dec

Falls area family holds annual Christmas craft show


Photo by Eden Witt

Christmas crafts of all types were available at a craft show presented by Gerri Friedman and her family.

Crafting is a family affair for Gerri Friedman, of Oconto Falls, who along with her mother and three daughters held their annual Christmas craft open house Dec. 3 at Friedman’s rural Oconto Falls home.

“It’s exciting to see what you see and come up with,” said Friedman, who has been crafting her whole life. She creates crafts that involve sewing, woodwork, floral arranging and repurposing items.

“It brings out your imagination. (There are) things you didn’t think you could do that you end up being able to do,” she said.

Friedman learned how to make crafts from her mother, Donna Delzer.

“My mom was a big crafter,” Friedman said.

As a child, Friedman created crafts because it was cheaper than buying the ready-made items, and of course, it was fun to make them, she said.

Wed
14
Dec

Local man re-elected to USS Princeton board


Photo by Mark Mortell

The board of directors of the USS Princeton Veterans Inc. posed for a photo at a recent reunion. Shown are, from left, front row, Elaine Smith, of Virginia, bylaws; Red Smith, of California, president; back row, Margaret Cole, of Illinois, secretary; Ron Hoak, of Oregon, chaplain; Jim Love, of Texas, ship store; Al Christopherson, of Oconto Falls, treasurer; and Ron Bishop, of Arizona, vice president.

At a recent five-day Navy reunion held in Gurnee, Illinois, Al Christopherson, of Oconto Falls, was re-elected as treasurer of the USS Princeton Veterans Inc.

Reunions are held every two years in different cities in the United States for anyone who served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Princeton from 1946 to 1970. Membership in the organization includes spouses.

At this year’s reunion, members attended a U.S. Navy boot camp graduation ceremony at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois.

The next reunion is scheduled in 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wed
14
Dec

Clean Boats effort lands grant for Kelly Lake group

Kelly Lake Advancement Association has been selected as a 2016 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The nonprofit received a $300 Green Gift from Cellcom to support its Clean Boats Clean Waters program.

Clean Boats Clean Waters is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources program to inform boaters and anglers of the proper disposal method of weeds and live bait. Kelly Lake Advancement Association staffs volunteers to inspect watercraft at public boat landings and to talk about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The Green Gift from Cellcom will be used to purchase apparel from the DNR that volunteers will wear for identification purposes and to support printing of additional informational material about the program.

Wed
14
Dec

Duame wins community service award

Todd Duame is the 2016 recipient of the Lena Lions Community Service Award. The award was presented by Doug Neta, Lions president, at the club’s annual pre-Christmas dinner Dec. 5 at the Holiday Inn, Kelly Lake.

Duame was selected for the award for his involvement with the annual Lena Dairyfest celebration. He has renovated and smoothed the Lions pulling track before and during the truck and tractor pulls.

According to club members, it would be impossible for the club to hold the events without Duame’s equipment.

Duame is married to Colleen (Reidinger), and they have one daughter, Jordyn. He has two stepchildren and six grandchildren.

He is the son of Yvonne and Jack Duame. He grew up in the Stiles Junction area and still lives there. He graduated from Lena High School, where he served as an officer in the Lena FFA Chapter. At the end of his senior year he was awarded the State FFA Degree.

Wed
07
Dec

Lena Legion shows appreciation for Boneyard’s support

Members of Doney-DeGrave American Legion Post donated a flag pole and presented a flag to Ray McGuire of Ray’s Boneyard Saloon located on Highway 141 north of Lena.

Tom Bitters, past post commander, and his crew put together raffle items for a fundraiser run in conjunction with Ray’s Big Buck contest. This is the 10th year the Legion Post has had a gun raffle with the Big Buck contest.

Funds raised through the raffle are used for the Lena Veterans Memorial, the Badger Boy program and area rescue squads. In addition, some of the proceeds go to the American Legion Auxiliary which sponsors a Badger Girl and donates money to other community needs.

Wed
07
Dec

Hillside to present Christmas musical

Hillside Assembly of God will present its annual Christmas musical “Three Wise Men and a Baby” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5890 Highway 22 W., Gillett.

Written by Pam Andrews, “Three Wise Men and a Baby” takes a creative approach to the Christmas story, relying heavily on the Magi angel and teaching that the best gift is giving ourselves to Christ. In this musical the wise men follow the Christmas star looking for the baby king.

The audience will meet all kinds of fun characters such as the three wise men recall how the first Christmas really happened.

Portraying the wise men are Seth Swim as Elvistonia, Ethan Rennie as Garthonia and Kaden Brown as Jamestonia. The Star is played by Megan Miller.

“This musical is packed with fun songs, memorable arrangements and a strong, Bible-centered theme that combine for a powerful presentation you and your family won’t soon forget,” says Pastor Matt Golie, the children’s pastor at Hillside Assembly.

Wed
30
Nov

Gobbling up a Thanksgiving feast


Times Herald photo by Joan Koehne

Hillside Assembly’s gym was filled with people enjoying a pre-Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 23 in Gillett. Volunteers prepared for 500 meals to be served, which included over 100 that were delivered to residents in the area.

Hillside Assembly, for the 24th year, hosted the Gillett Community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23, the eve of Thanksgiving. Volunteers prepared and served turkey, ham and all the trimmings to a steady stream of guests.

Jenny Block, of Suring, sitting with a group of about eight family members, said the food was fantastic.

Volunteers prepared for a meal for 500 people, which included over 100 meals delivered to residents in the area. Pastor Paul Carlson said the annual outreach to shut-ins is one reason the church continues to provide the pre-Thanksgiving meal.

“It’s just a way of serving our community,” he added.

Anyone was welcome to attend, especially those who would have been alone for the holiday or those struggling financially.

Patty Kurtz coordinated the meal, assisted by volunteers which, for the first time, included members of the Gillett Mayor’s Youth Authority.

Wed
30
Nov

Innocence of Peanuts gang captured in play

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” set to be performed the first two weekends in December by the cast of Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc.

The whole gang is here. Bossy Lucy, portrayed by Ali Carlson, is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder, played by Michael Brunner, who doesn’t give her the time of day.

Perfectionist Sally, played by Elizabeth Zitny, is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, played by Christopher LaChance.

Snoopy, played by Cate Kopkey, is in the doghouse, and the “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown, played by Brandon Byng, is in rare form.

The bright and adorable Woodstock is played by Abigail Budz.

Wed
30
Nov

Giving animals a second chance


Photo by Eden Witt

Tina Yeamens of Critters Companion shows off a goat at the organization’s shelter in the Abrams area. The shelter is home to a variety of animals.

Critters Companion of the Abrams/Pensaukee area is an animal shelter devoted to finding good homes for pets. The local shelter accepts a variety of animals and does not put any down.

“Our mission is to help the unwanted and homeless pet population, along with trying to assist lower income families with pets,” said Tina Yeamens, who has been running Critters Companion with Eli Raindancer since 2003.

The two began the shelter in Utah, but in 2007, Yeamens and Raindancer relocated Critters Companion to Wisconsin after they were both hired at Humana. Before they started the organization, Yeamens and Raindancer volunteered at several animal shelters.

“We had both volunteered and fostered with a foster-based animal rescue organization, and after they shut down, we started Critters Companion,” Yeamens said. They also have worked with Best Friends Animal Society.

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