Community

Wed
18
Jun

Toe-tapping entertainment

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts will present six shows in its 2014-15 Fine Arts Series.

Missoula Children’s Theatre will involve 50 local children in the retelling of “Rapunzel.” The show will be presented at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center at Oconto Falls High School. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for students.

Irish tenor Anthony Kearns will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the PAC. Tickets are $38. Kearns is recognized around the globe after over a decade with The Irish Tenors. As a classically trained tenor, Kearns will perform a concert repertoire that spans the spectrum from Ireland to Broadway, from well-loved melodies to popular classics, and from lighthearted comedy to the greatest tenor arias ever written. The performance coincides with the weekend of Falls Fun Fest.

Wed
18
Jun

Singers needed for patriotic songfest

The second annual patriotic sing-along, “I Pledge Allegiance,” an original Americantata, is looking for singers to lead the group singing and perform choral pieces surrounding the history of America’s Pledge of Allegiance.

Rehearsals will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sundays, June 22 and 29, in the Meunier-Pelow Auditorium in Gillett Secondary School. The production will be performed at 7 p.m. Monday, June 30, in the Meunier-Pelow Auditorium. The audience is encouraged to dress casually in red, white and blue.

This production is created and written by Gary Kopitzke and modeled after old-fashioned hymn sing-alongs.

Wed
18
Jun

Teen dating info shared in 4-week series

Rainbow House will host a series of programs about dating for teenagers 13 to 18. The sessions will feature casual conversation and guest speakers.

Sessions will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays from July 9-30 at the Gillett Public Library, 200 E. Main St., Gillett, and from 5-6 p.m. Mondays from July 7-28 at Suring Village Hall, 604 E. Main St. Participants should use the back entrance in Suring.

To register, call Rainbow House at 800-956-6656. Groups will be offered if attendance is three or more.

The topics are as follows:

Week 1 - Dating and Relationships for Teens: What is a healthy dating relationship? Participants will discuss healthy relationships and warning signs of unhealthy relationships.

Week 2 - Boundaries and Communication: Boundaries are crucial in dating relationships. Participants will discuss ways to set personal boundaries and the importance of communication in relationships.

Wed
18
Jun

Funds sought to prevent fish die-off on Pickerel Chain

The Pickerel Chain Lake Association (PCLA) plans to install aeration systems in three lakes, beginning with Pickerel Lake this year.

The Pickerel Chain, located in the town of Townsend, incorporates three interconnected lakes: Pickerel, Little Pickerel and Smoke. The lakes have a history of severe fish population winterkills, usually occurring every 10 to 12 years.

Typically, this happens when a long, cold, snowy winter causes dissolved oxygen to be depleted due to aquatic vegetation die-off. This occurred in the winter of 2012-13 when an estimated 95 percent of the fish, or over 20,000, perished. The winter of 2013-14 resulted in a second consecutive winterkill, almost totally decimating fish populations in the chain.

Wed
18
Jun

Area breeder’s dog wins top honors


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Nikkie Kinziger of Ri Lee Kennels in Oconto Falls sits with a group of her Tibetan Terriers.

Ri Lee’s Stellar Performance, a locally bred, raised and owned dog, won Top 20 Invitational honors at the Tibetan Terrier National Specialty held May 28-30 in Loveland, Colorado. Known as Reese, the Tibetan Terrier is owned by Nikkie Kinziger of Ri Lee Kennels in Oconto Falls, which offers boarding and grooming for all breeds.

It’s the fourth time Ri Lee Kennels has won the award since the event’s inception in 1999.

Reese, who also won in 2012, is following in the footsteps of his mother, Ri Lee’s Deja Stella By Starlight. Stella also won the Top 20 competition and won the nationals in 2004.

May’s competition was an invitation-only event in which the Top 20-ranked Tibetan Terriers in America from the previous year’s competition were eligible to compete. Each dog was judged by three judges on how it fits the American Kennel Club written standards, and on movement and overall general presentation.

Wed
18
Jun

Gillett seeks input on community center project

The Gillett Library will hold a community brainstorming session to discuss the new community center/community square project. The session begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, in the former BMO Harris Bank building, 204 E. Main St., Gillett.

The library purchased the bank with plans to create a community center and transform the outdoor space around both buildings into a community square. Tentative plans are to do the project in three phases.

Phase 1 will create two meeting rooms in the bank building and add a second bathroom and display space.

Phase 2 will convert the library’s meeting room into more seating for Wi-Fi use, studying and socializing, and shelving for library collections.

Wed
11
Jun

Bird City Oconto announces upcoming events


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Storybook walks, a family recreational and learning opportunity, can be enjoyed at Oconto parks this summer. Bird City Oconto and Farnsworth Public Library held its first storybook walk featuring a ribbon cutting and book reading at Copper Culture State Park on May 16.

Bird City Oconto has several events planned for the summer, beginning with a program by Dave Halfmann, of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, about bald eagles at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 13, at the Farnsworth Public Library, 715 Main St., Oconto.

A Storybook Walk is scheduled the following day. “We Planted a Tree” will be read at Bond Community Park, located at state Highway 22 across the Oconto River from Holtwood Park. Ribbon cutting at the park will be at 11 a.m. with the Storybook Walk to follow. Guests can enjoy the story and the new playground and learn why trees are important. The story is geared toward preschoolers and kindergarten children.

The Oconto Nature Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Copper Culture State Park in Oconto. Admission to the park and festival is free. There will be educational booths, crafts, raptor shows, a chainsaw artist, guided nature walks, Oneida dancers and more.

Wed
11
Jun

Community Safety Fair is Saturday

Listen for the siren and watch for the helicopter. The 2014 Community Safety Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 14, at Community Memorial Hospital near the Oconto Falls Ambulance Garage, 855 S. Main St. This free, family event will feature fun and educational safety demonstrations, giveaways and activities for all ages.

The Eagle 3 helicopter will land at 9 a.m., followed by a Jaws of Life demonstration at 10 a.m., coloring contest awards at 11 a.m. and a bike raffle at 11:30 a.m. Smokey Bear and K-9 Baron will make appearances.

Individuals are invited to bring their bikes and bike helmets for a free safety check. Participants can learn about car seat, sports and playground safety, and see emergency vehicles and a smoke house. A teddy bear clinic and face painting will be available for the kids.

Wed
11
Jun

Fundraiser to include Townsend trail ride

Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club will host a fundraiser on Saturday, June 14, at Old Town Hall in Townsend. The event will include a trail ride, club meeting and pig roast.

Open to the public, the event will start with a short meeting at 2 p.m., followed by an ATV/UTV trail ride on new trails in the Townsend area. Beginning at 3 p.m. there will be meat raffles, music, pig roast, bonfire and refreshments, well into the evening. This is a family friendly event that will be held rain or shine.

All proceeds will be used for repairs and a tank upgrade for the water tanker used for ATV/UTV dust control. Red Arrow is responsible for about 65 miles of snowmobile trails and about 15 miles of ATV/UTV trails, including the Nicolet State Recreational Trail through Townsend.

In addition, the town of Townsend has nearly 90 miles of mostly gravel town roads available for ATV/UTV use.

Wed
04
Jun

Copperfest begins Friday with kickoff breakfast

Copperfest will be held Friday through Sunday at Ner-Park, on the corner of Arbutus Avenue and Madison Street, in Oconto.

Featured events will be camel rides, a copper penny find, street market, trout pond, skateboard park and stage appearances by Grandpa Joe, Jim Lenz and Mike Gregory. Returning for a second year is pig racing, with races scheduled several times each day.

Music on the main stage will be performed by Crossing Paths on Friday, The Cougars, Sunny and the Heat and Johnny Wad on Saturday, and Aaron Socha LiveWire on Sunday.

The Oconto Copperfest Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. This year’s theme is Wild West. A fireworks show will light the sky at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday’s features include an antique car and bike show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wisconsin Pro Wrestling/UTL Wrestling at noon and 2:15 p.m., and a pie and ice cream social from 12-4 p.m. at the Beyer Home Museum.

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