Community

Wed
25
Dec

Something Forgotten

Editor’s note: To celebrate Christmas, the Times Herald invited several local authors to submit holiday-related articles for publication. Here are their submissions.

“Let’s put up our Christmas tree,” Cheryl said.

“No. It’s a fake,” the little girl replied with obvious disgust.

“We have to make do with what we have.”

Cheryl put the computerized disc in the corner of their tent and turned it on. The holographic tree lit the tent.

“Would you like to hang the ornaments?”

“There aren’t any ornaments; we both know that.”

“All right, then how about we have our Christmas dinner?”

“Spam and macaroni and cheese? You know what? You’re a bad mommy.”

Wed
25
Dec

Lena Lions honor Tom Bourassa


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Tedd Nadler, left, and Glenn Magnin, right, were among members of the Lena Lions Club honoring Tom Bourassa for his volunteer work in the community and club.

The Lena Lions Club honored Tom Bourassa on Dec. 3 for his many years of volunteer work for the club and the Oconto and Lena communities. Tedd Nadler, president of the Lena Lions, presented Bourassa with a recognition plaque.

Bourassa acts as chaplain of the Lena Lions and attends Lions board meetings and district meetings. One of Bourassa’s projects is the student of the month award.

Bourassa was born and raised in the town of Oconto, attended Elm Grove School and graduated from Oconto High School in 1949. In 1954, he enlisted in the Army and served in Japan during the Korean conflict.

After his military service, he married Viola Mortier in 1958. They are the parents of four sons and one daughter. One son, Joe, died in 1974. Some of his children were on hand to witness the award presentation.

Wed
25
Dec

Tubing hill open on weekends


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Oconto Falls city employees install a new rope at the tubing hill located near River Island Golf Course in Oconto Falls. The hill is open for the season.

The Oconto Falls Lions on Saturday opened the tubing hill located near River Island Golf Course in Oconto Falls. Usual hours of operation will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays when snow conditions are good.

The operation this year will feature a new tow rope and improved return trail to the top of the hill. Improvements were financed by a grant provided by ST Paper of Oconto Falls.

Information regarding the hill can be found on the Oconto Falls Lions website, ocontofallslions.com/lion/Tubing_Hill.

Wed
18
Dec

Lena Lions honor Mary Koslowsky


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Mary Koslowsky receives a plaque for many years of volunteer service to the Lena community from Tedd Nadler, president of the Lena Lions Club.

Mary Koslowsky was honored by the Lena Lions Club for her volunteer service to the Lena community.

Mary is the daughter of the late George and Marion Glime. She grew up on a farm and graduated from Lena High School in 1970.

Mary graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. Upon graduation, she returned to Lena and was hired to teach at Lena Elementary School.

In 1975, she married Kenneth Koslowsky. They are the parents of two adult children, Jim and Jodie, and have five grandchildren.

Mary taught grades one through six at Lena Elementary School for 38 years and volunteered at the school. She also volunteered to teach faith formation classes at Holy Cross Catholic Parish for many years.

She earned a master’s degree in education from Viterbo University and attended workshops at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College.

Wed
18
Dec

Wreaths add holiday touch to softball fences

Christmas wreaths add a festive look to the fences around the new softball field at Oconto Falls High School.

Community members purchased the wreaths in a fundraiser sponsored by the school’s athletic department and Panther Pride. The profits will help pay for a concession stand at the softball field.

Each wreath includes a placard noting the sponsor and memorial message.

Wed
11
Dec

Christmas cantata to be performed in Gillett

The sixth annual Christmas cantata of St. John’s Lutheran Church will be presented in five shows this month at the church, 101 W. Main St., Gillett.

This year’s cantata, “One Holy Night,” is created by Sue C. Smith and Johnathan Crumpton. It features about an hour of new and old holiday melodies in a Christmas musical setting and features songs such as “Mary, Did You Know?,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “The Birthday of a King,” “Tonight” and “What Child is This?”

Performances take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20; 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22; 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 27; and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29.

Each performance is followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall.

Wed
04
Dec

Logging museum volunteer honored


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Bob Brown receives the Oconto County Historical Society Volunteer of the Year Award from Kitty Werner at the society’s annual meeting.

Robert Brown, Lakewood, has been named 2013 Oconto County Historical Society Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Holt and Balcom Logging Camp Museum.

Brown, with the support of his wife, Pam, played an integral part in saving the oldest logging camp in America still sitting where it was built.

Shortly after moving to Lakewood in 2006, Brown joined the McCauslin Lions and answered Norb Langer’s call for help with school visits offered each spring to area fourth-graders. Being a history buff and willing to spend some time sharing that love with others, Brown volunteered to lead tours at the camp.

Wed
04
Dec

Gillett event evokes memories of Christmas past


Photo by RJ Reinhold

Lorraine Gentz, of the Gillett Area Historical Society, looks at a Christmas tree decorated in the German tradition that will be on display Saturday at the GAHS Museum. A Christmas tea will be served, and the museum and historic homes will be open for tours for this 10th anniversary event.

A tradition started 10 years ago as a fundraiser for the Gillett Area Historic Society has developed into an important part of Gillett’s Christmas celebration.

Held on the same day as Christmas in the Park and the annual Christmas parade and fireworks show, the GAHS Christmas tea and tour of homes invites guests to visit Christmas past.

The tradition began in 2003 when Deanna Smith, who purchased the historic Sohr house at 129 W. Main St., opened her home for a Christmas tea to raise funds for the newly formed GAHS. The Sohr House, built in 1903 as the residence of the George and Emma Sohr family, is one of two private homes included in the 2013 tour.

On Saturday, individuals will have the opportunity to wander through the home and imagine it as it might have been in the early 1900s.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s great fun to have people come,” Smith said.

Wed
27
Nov

Thanksgiving dinner a little more pricey here

The cost of Thanksgiving dinner could be higher in Oconto Falls than the state average, unless savvy shoppers can find the deals.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau recently released its annual survey of food prices for a dozen items regularly used in preparing the annual Thanksgiving meal, and the results show the cost in Oconto Falls is $6 higher than the state average. The cost to feed 10 people in Oconto Falls is $54.40, compared with a state average of $48.40 and national average of $49.04.

The lion’s share of the increased local cost can be found in the turkey prices. While the state cost for a 16-pound turkey is $22.40, Oconto Falls residents were paying $27.04 for the same bird when WFB volunteers surveyed stores in early November.

Wed
27
Nov

Emergency tips shared at Brazeau open house

Brazeau Emergency Services held an open house Oct. 8 at the fire department building.

The open house featured a visit from Smokey Bear, a smoke house demonstration and fire extinguisher demonstrations. Kids learned safety rules by playing games, and families received safety items and information. The emergency service vehicles were available for tours, and emergency personnel mingled with guests.

Door prizes for adults included smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, life jackets and first aid kits. Two bicycles were given away as prizes for the kids.

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