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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.

Wed
17
Jul

Advocate of the arts

A retired educator who often invited artists to her classroom remains devoted to the arts today as a co-sponsor of multiple shows to be presented at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center.

Neva Hodge-Lemorande, of Oconto Falls, will co-sponsor four of the six shows in the 2013-14 Fine Arts Series, presented by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts.

“I believe in bringing … more culture to our schools and to our children, opening avenues that will give them a greater outlook on life,” she said.

The Oconto Falls High School graduate worked as a teacher and principal in rural elementary schools in Elkhart Lake and Plymouth for 46 years, before retiring and reconnecting with OFHS class mate Ralph Lemorande at their 50th class reunion. They were married in 1994, and Ralph died in 1996. Her first husband, Robert Hodge, of Plymouth, died in 1989.

Wed
17
Jul

Pagels presents Tracks in the Timber

The historical connection between logging and the railroad industry is the subject of a presentation at the newly restored Holt & Balcom Logging Camp Museum. Brad Pagels, a logging railroad expert, will present Tracks in the Timber at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the museum, located off County Road F, just east of Lakewood.

Pagels will tell how railroads, introduced to the Northwoods by W.A. Holt in 1903, changed the way logging was done. Pagels documented his research in a short book and developed an educational program that includes rare photos of the period. Pagels, of Eagle River, is employed by Pukall Lumber in Woodruff.

“For several years I have found old rail beds throughout Oconto County, and in 2003 I began my personal quest in finding out what these railroads were all about,” Pagels said. “With information from historical resources and fellow historians, I have explored and evaluated the conditions of what were once logging railroads.”

Thu
11
Jul

Eye surgeon finds fulfillment on mission trip

Mission trips occur all over the world and serve many different purposes. Thanks to the missionary efforts of Dr. Kevin Wienkers, of the Green Bay Eye Clinic in Oconto Falls, some of the people of Myanmar have received the opportunity to see their world in a different light.

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology (WAO), the Jan. 19-Feb. 3 mission brought in trained surgeons to perform cataract eye surgeries in an area where poverty is the norm.

“There was some real need and isolation there,” Wienkers said.

Myanmar, once called Burma, is in southeast Asia and is bordered by China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh. Since 1962, the country has been under military control and isolated from much of the world. But since 2011, the military council controlling the government was dissolved, allowing for interaction with other countries.

“It’s a very austere country, with very austere living. The people really have no money,” Wienkers said.

Thu
11
Jul

Cancer fight motivates relay participants

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Oconto County will provide a chance for the community to gather together in its fight against cancer. The event begins with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, and ends at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Memorial Field in Oconto Falls.

As the world’s largest grassroots fundraising program, the Relay for Life movement mobilizes friends, families, businesses, service organizations and other groups to celebrate those who have battled cancer and remember lost loved ones.

The theme for this year’s event is Sports of All Sorts.

Teams are encouraged to decorate their campsites with a favorite sport theme or team, with judging to take place before nightfall.

The kickoff event will feature speakers from the community who have benefited from the funds raised at relay events and will honor cancer survivors.

Thu
11
Jul

Abrams actors performing in ‘Anything Goes’

Eight actors with ties to Abrams are jumping county lines to perform in the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild’s latest show, “Anything Goes.”

Long viewed as a popular show for school and community productions, the musical will debut July 18 at the Mielke Arts Center in Shawano. “Anything Goes” takes place aboard an ocean cruise liner leaving New York and heading to London.

Faith Fuller, a performer with Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc., is one of the leads in the Shawano show, playing Reno Sweeny, an evangelist turned nightclub singer. She helps a young stowaway named Billy to win the heart of Hope, a young heiress on her way to London to meet her fiance, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh.

Fuller has plenty of family support in this show. Her father, Early Fuller, will play the Right Rev. Henry Dobson, as well as one of the passengers, while her sister, Whitney Fuller, portrays a reporter and mother, Karen Fuller, is a photographer.

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