Community

Tue
13
Aug

CPR taught at CMH

A free course at Community Memorial Hospital teaches lifesaving skills such as CPR basics, automated external defibrillator use and choking relief. The three-hour Family & Friends CPR course designed by the American Heart Association is for anyone who wants to learn simple lifesaving skills for adults, infants and children.

“New parents, babysitters and grandparents will especially want to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn lifesaving skills in just one morning or evening,” said CMH training site coordinator Kathy Henne. CMH is a training site for the American Heart Association.

The Family & Friends CPR course is taught by registered nurses. It consists of hands-on learning and is open to anyone 12 and older. Participants will receive a skills handbook and participation card.

Tue
13
Aug

Pytleskis named Dairyfest parade marshals

The Lena Dairyfest committee has selected William “Bill” and Carol Pytleski as the parade marshals for the Lena Dairyfest parade being held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, on Main Street in Lena.

The Pytleskis owned and operated a dairy farm west of Lena, and they were among the first in Oconto County to milk cows in a milking parlor. The herd consisted of 50 cows at the time. In 1980 they sold the dairy farm to their son Jeff.

Bill Pytleski served in the United States Navy from November 1943 to June 1946 when he achieved the rank of seaman as a torpedo man. He served in the Southwest Pacific, Philippines and Burma, and received numerous medals and ribbons. He is featured in one of John Maino’s books about World War II.

Tue
13
Aug

Painting with style

For almost 20 years, Suring resident Dora Slang has entered her unique Rosemaling paintings in the Open class competition of the Oconto County Fair. As the fair approaches this month, Slang said there is no plan to stop painting or exhibiting anytime soon.

“From the first time I did it, that’s what I wanted to do,” Slang said. “I am still so thankful that I can paint.”

Slang began painting in the 1980s, taking on the Norwegian style of Rosemaling because of her late husband Orvil’s ancestry.

Rosemaling is a traditional Norwegian folk art that displays stylized flowers and scroll shapes with blending colors and fine outlines.

Slang works on her projects in a small studio her husband built in their home as a way to keep her paints out of the kitchen.

“He didn’t like all of my stuff on the dining room table,” she said, laughing.

Thu
08
Aug

Cleaning up Oconto Falls

A community service project coordinated by Boy Scouts Jared Kennedy and Tylor Wold has done more than bring them one step closer to the Eagle Scout award.

It has also provided Oconto Falls with 17 new trash and recycling bins that will help keep the city parks clean, they said.

“It will help people recycle, and it will keep a lot of trash and recycling from going to the landfills,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy, 14, designed the new bins for his final community service project to become eligible for the Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.

“I got the idea when I was at summer camp at Bear Paw, in Mountain,” Kennedy said. “They have those bins up there and when I saw them, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

Kennedy teamed up with Wold, 15, to tackle the project. They are both members of Troop 1024.

“They have always worked really well together,” said Brad Kennedy, Jared’s father.

Thu
08
Aug

Barn quilt project gains momentum

The Barn Quilts of Oconto County project has added two valuable volunteers to its effort to brighten the rural landscape.

Donna Baird, a retired math teacher, helps to lay out the quilt block patterns on the plywood. Once the pattern is set, volunteer Fran Wishneski uses her painting expertise to apply the paint and guide the clients of New View Industries to assist her.

The barn quilts project was launched in April by Kay Rankel, director of the Gillett Public Library, and Lynn Jones, of New View Industries.

The mission of the project is to celebrate and promote the culture, heritage and progressive nature of Oconto County by placing quilt blocks on barns and other suitable buildings throughout the county.

Clients at New View Industries paint and construct the blocks at their facility in Gillett.

Groups and individuals are encouraged to come to their facility to help paint their own quilts.

Thu
08
Aug

Fun required; floating optional

Nash Darby paddled fiercely to take first place Saturday in the kids division at the Cardboard Boat Race at Holt Park in Kelly Lake.

“I do this every year. My family is involved, so I figured I would do it, too,” Nash said. “It was really fun.”

The Cardboard Boat Race started six years ago in Kelly Lake. The objective of the race is to build a boat made only from cardboard and duct tape. Competitors paddle from a raft off the shoreline, around a buoy and back to the raft.

The race has three categories: a timed race, with adult and children’s divisions; Captain’s Choice, in which judges select the best looking and best built raft, again in both adult and children’s divisions; and the Titanic Award, which goes to the raft that looks best while sinking.

Eight boats competed on Saturday, and Ken Darby, who was the announcer for the races, said he was thrilled with the turnout.

Thu
08
Aug

Low impact workout improves heart health

The Healthy Hearts Program is an exercise and nutrition program designed to help improve heart health through low-impact walk/dance sessions in an air-conditioned environment.

Adults age 40 and over meet for one hour, twice per week for 12 weeks. Instructor Donna Doll-Yogerst will focus on nutrition and exercise, addressing topics such as menu planning and portion control.

The program begins Sept. 6 at the Pensaukee Town Hall, 4684 Brookside Road, Abrams. Sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Register by contacting Becky Dolata, University of Wisconsin-Extension, at 920-834-6846 or becky.dolata@co.oconto.wi.us.

Brochures are available at oconto.uwex.edu. The registration deadline is Aug. 26.

Wed
31
Jul

Cow-inspired camaraderie

Joyce Brown sat under a tent July 24 watching her great-grandchildren and other children, who are the dairy industry’s future, play on the farm she and her husband lived on for more than 28 years.

“I love getting to watch my grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoying themselves on the family farm,” Brown said.

The sixth generation of the Brown-Star Dairy farm and others associated with the dairy industry filled the farm on Quarterline Road, in Gillett, to take part in Oconto County’s fifth annual Dairy at Dusk. The Oconto County Dairy Promotions Committee sponsored the event.

“This is our dairy farmers social event that is sponsored essentially by the dairy farmers,” said Bev Wolf, a member of the planning committee. “We are giving something back to the dairy farmers to help them expand support for the area and help them understand what consumers are looking for in dairy products.”

Wed
31
Jul

Snowbulance equipped for year-round use

A new Snowbulance has been delivered to Mountain Ambulance Service (MAS). The Snowbulance can carry a patient and an EMT from an off-road accident to the ambulance.

It’s fully enclosed and equipped with interior lights and a heater. The Snowbulance has an interchangeable base, with skis for winter months and wheels for the rest of the year, so it can be used year-round. It will be towed on the trails by the MAS snowmobile or the MAS ranger.

Wed
24
Jul

'Anything to find a cure'

Cancer survivors, along with friends and family, will come together this week to raise money for the American Cancer Society by participating in the 18th annual Relay For Life of Oconto County.

Teams of people will camp out, compete in contests and walk laps around the Memorial Field track in Oconto Falls from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

“Anything to find a cure,” said Rosemary Konitzer, formerly of Oconto Falls, who lost her husband, Wayne, to melanoma in 2011. This will be her third year in the Relay For Life.

“It’s hard to explain what it’s like to be part of it,” she said. “It just makes you feel good.”

Last year’s relay raised $32,224.

The event opens at 6 p.m. with a ceremony that includes the Survivor Victory Lap, where relay participants line the track to cheer on the survivors. Konitzer said it is heartwarming for members of her team to honor the survivors, which this year will include other family members.

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