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Wed
18
Sep

'Little red car' returns to Gillett


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Rod Fifield, left, and Don Pederson pose with the “little red car” built by Nick Stromer in the 1920s. The car will be on display Oct. 6 at the Gillett Area Historical Society’s Fall Festival. Pederson, a Gillett native, was instrumental in bringing the car back to Gillett. Fifield is GAHS president.

A piece of Gillett’s history has returned to the city and will be on display at the Gillett Area Historical Society’s Fall Festival. The “little red car,” once a familiar sight on Gillett streets, will be on display Oct. 6 at the carriage house of the GAHS museum.

The car dates back to 1925 when Nick Stromer was head of the commercial car manufacturers. He built a midget car for his two sons, Harold and Norman, in his spare time, spending two and a half years on the project. The small, red car was kept at the Stromer Garage on Main Street in Gillett.

It has a four-cylinder Saxon motor made in 1914, airplane wheels and tires, a Model T rear end and Chevrolet transmission. The frame was handmade out of angle iron, and the front axle was hand-forged.

The car was a regular attraction in Gillett parades for many years, ending in about 1966.

Wed
18
Sep

ATV parade, corn roast draws crowd

About 110 ATVs and UTVs paraded from Townsend Shell to Barb’s Valley Inn on Aug. 31 to kick off the seventh annual ATV/UTV parade and corn roast sponsored by Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club and Barb’s Valley Inn.

They were led by parade marshal Jerry Cady.

The crowd spent the summer afternoon and evening under a huge tent enjoying raffles, DJ music and lots of good food.

The raffle winner of the 50-inch flat-screen TV from Forest TV in Lakewood was Vern Diedrick, of Kaukauna. Other major prizes went to Jim Biever, of Townsend, who won a $250 gas card from Townsend Shell, and Donna Koldis, of Kenosha, who won a gun from Pintsch’s Hardware.

Wed
18
Sep

Logging camp museum has record year


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Casey Glander, of Northeast Wildlife Removal, bat-proofs the Holt & Balcom Logging Camp cookshack.

The Holt & Balcom Logging Camp Museum in Lakewood enjoyed its busiest year in 2013. Officials reported close to 500 visitors toured the restored museum, the oldest logging camp sitting on the site where it was built.

One of the attractions was the artifact display updated by Camp Manager Bob Brown and his wife, Pam.

“Having so many folks visit during our Saturday tours was wonderful, but our primary mission is education,” said Kathleen Marsh, camp curator.

More than 250 fourth-graders experienced lumberjack life and lore this year, and for the first time, a group of high school students will visit this month.

Unfortunately, all the activity this summer stirred up the building’s thriving bat population.

“The staff is used to coexisting with them, but many of our guests are not,” Brown said.

Casey Glander, of Northeast Wildlife Removal, and his wife, Sarah, bat-proofed the cookshack on Aug. 26, allowing the bats to exit but not return.

Wed
18
Sep

Abrams hosts rock 'n' roll tribute


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Johnny Rogers will perform in Johnny Rogers’ Buddy & Beyond: History of Rock & Roll on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Abrams.

Tribute artist Johnny Rogers will transport his audience back in time to their favorite malt shops with his presentation, Johnny Rogers’ Buddy & Beyond: History of Rock & Roll.

Sponsored by Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc., the show will be staged at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at The Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

The show will start with Rogers’ portrayal of country legend Johnny Cash. Rogers will then portray Elvis Presley, re-creating his Sun Studio and early RCA years. The show will climax with Rogers’ portrayal of Buddy Holly.

Tickets are $15 or $20, depending on the section, if purchased in advance and $20 or $25 if purchased at the door. Tickets are available at AbramsTheatre.com or by calling 920-826-5852.

Thu
12
Sep

Oconto fly-in takes off Saturday


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James Valentine and Jean Fogelberg, of Oconto Falls, are gearing up for Saturday’s fly-in in Oconto, an annual event they helped to create five years ago. Seated with them is their 10-year-old Sheltie, Chelsea, who flies with them.

Aircraft and history enthusiasts will flock to Oconto on Saturday for the fifth annual fly-in sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Warbirds of America Badger Squadron Six. The event will take place at the headquarters of the Badger Squadron, the Oconto-J. Douglas Bake Municipal Airport, at 2983 Airport Road, Oconto.

The event is the brainchild of an Oconto Falls husband-and-wife team, James Valentine and Jean Fogelberg, who wanted to bring attention to the small airport in Oconto.

“We realized the airport was supported by the county and the city, and that there wasn’t a lot of activity there,” Fogelberg said. “We thought it would be cool to start it.”

From its start, the event has drawn a large crowd.

“We were told we’d be lucky to get 500 or 600 people. We got over 2,000,” Fogelberg said of the 2009 debut.

The 2013 event is expected to draw approximately 5,000 people.

Thu
12
Sep

Spotlight shines on Spaude


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Kaitie Spaude smiles after being named the 2013 Miss Wisconsin Teen Spokesmodel at the National American Miss Wisconsin pageant. She holds her trophies, her competition rose and an invite to the national pageant.

Nearly every girl dreams of having her moment in the spotlight. For Kaitie Spaude, that moment happened at last month’s National American Miss Wisconsin pageant.

Spaude, a senior at Oconto Falls High School, won the 2013 Miss Wisconsin Teen Spokesmodel title at the annual pageant, held Aug. 23-25 in Wisconsin Dells. She competed against 60 others in the teen division of the pageant.

“It was a wonderful experience, and I’m very honored,” she said.

More than 500 girls participated at the state level in five divisions. Every girl was required to compete in three areas: modeling, interview and public speaking.

“Of all the aspects of the competition, the modeling was the easiest. It came naturally for me. You just had to walk, smile and exude confidence,” Spaude said.

She also chose to compete in two optional categories. She presented a live commercial reel for the judges and delivered a personal address, which won her the Spokesmodel title.

Thu
12
Sep

CMH heart fair offers low-cost screenings

To promote heart health and wellness, Community Memorial Hospital will hold its annual Heart Fair from 6-9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at all CMH locations in Oconto County.

The event features low-cost heart-health screenings at CMH clinics and educational offerings from cardiology and other health care professionals at Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

A person’s risk for heart disease is determined by many factors, most of which can be controlled. According to the U.S. National Institute of Health, risk factors that can be controlled are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight and being physically inactive. Risk factors that cannot be changed include a person’s age and family history. Each risk factor greatly increases a person’s chance of developing heart disease.

Thu
12
Sep

Foot, ankle health to be discussed at seminar

Community Memorial Hospital will host a dinner seminar for seniors titled “Getting You Back on Your Feet” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Prevea Health podiatrist Dr. Mark Kachan will talk about how to get relief from common foot and ankle conditions and how to prevent future problems. He will discuss the latest treatments for bunions, flat feet, high arches, heel spurs, neuromas and other common conditions.

“It is my goal to help patients get back on their feet as soon as possible,” Kachan said. “I believe in combining the latest advances in podiatric medical and surgical technology with proven techniques that have stood the test of time.”

Kachan provides clinical and surgical services for foot and ankle conditions such as injuries, heel pain and diabetic foot care. He sees patients at CMH in Oconto Falls and at the Prevea Howard Health Center in Howard.

Wed
04
Sep

Gawlik to be ordained on Saturday

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, Suring, will host the ordination and installation of Jacob Gawlik as pastor at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the church, 11005 County Road M. The public is invited.

Bishop James Justman, of the ELCA East Central Synod of Wisconsin, will preside at these official ceremonies.

The congregation spent nearly two years in self-study mission-focus discussions and long-range planning guided by the synod office and by Interim Pastor Beth Macha before extending a letter of call to Gawlik. He recently completed his seminary training.

The ordination of a pastor in a local congregation is an occasion few churches experience. This special event will begin a new era at Our Redeemer’s. During the past 80 years the congregation shared a pastor with Bethel Lutheran Church of Green Valley, and now both churches are independent.

Wed
04
Sep

St. John’s hosts Van Lishout ordination service

Sherry Van Lishout will be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at St. John Lutheran Church, 3374 County Road C, Oconto Falls.

Pastor Paul Heykes of St. John’s and Bishop Rodger Prois from the Western Iowa Synod of the ELCA will preside over the service.

A graduate of Pulaski High School and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Van Lishout received her Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary and completed her internship in a cluster of churches in southwestern Iowa. In October, She will be installed as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Adair, Iowa.

She is married to Pastor Grant Van Lishout, and they live in Atlantic, Iowa, with their daughter, Lily. Her parents are Mark and Carolyn Van Donsel, of Krakow, and her grandparents are Marshall Jahnke, of Krakow, and the late Arnita Jahnke, and Rosalie Van Donsel, of Pulaski, and the late Leo Van Donsel.

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