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Wed
25
Sep

Adventure in the air at fly-in

Approximately 7,000 people attended the Oconto Fly-in sponsored by EAA Warbirds Badger Squadron 6 on Sept. 14.

Fifty planes, including six Warbirds, flew into the airport. Russian Yaks, a Navy TBM Avenger, L-19 Bird Dog, Stearman and a Beech 18 were in the skies. Pilots talked about their planes and shared their flying experiences with other pilots and visitors.

A helicopter was on display, and children were able to sit in the cockpit.

The opening ceremony was led by Oconto County veteran groups, with the Desert Storm veterans posting the colors. Pastor Steve Dahl gave the invocation. Bob Archer sang the national anthem.

The event also included a World War II encampment and display of wartime vehicles.

The Northern Aces Show Team flew radio-controlled planes throughout the day.

The aircraft and helicopter rides were popular, especially rides on the Avenger.

Wed
25
Sep

Fun Fest takes on fall flavor

It has been 20 years since Karen Mihalski cleaned the closets and emptied the toy chest for a rummage sale. Now the next generation of the Mihalski family is ready to clear her home of outgrown clothes, little-used toys and a whole lot more.

The mother/daughter team of Mihalski and Jenny Jurecki are first-time participants in Falls Fun Fest, famous for its rummage sales. Their sale will take place at Mihalski’s Krakow Road home in Morgan. The women hope by holding their sale during the festival, they can attract the bargain-seeking crowd out their way.

“Our junk is someone else’s treasure,” Jurecki said.

Among their “junk” is Dad’s old fishing boat. “We retired now, so we upgraded,” Mihalski explained.

Hospital scrubs, a tandem bike, skis and ski boots are listed as other treasures waiting to be uncovered. A listing of rummage sales and a map showing their locations is available in this week’s Times Herald and The Bonus.

Wed
18
Sep

Flu clinics scheduled

Oconto County Public Health will hold walk-in flu clinics from 9-10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7 and Oct. 28, in the first-floor jury room at the Oconto County Courthouse, Building C.

Individuals who are unable to attend may call Public Health at 920-834-7000 to make an appointment for a vaccine at one of the regularly scheduled immunization clinics in Mountain, Oconto or Oconto Falls.

The flu shot costs $25 for adults with no insurance or private insurance. OCPH will provide a receipt to use for reimbursement from insurance carriers. Individuals covered by Medicare and Medicaid receive a free flu shot and are asked to bring their Medicare or Medicaid cards to the flu clinics.

Students in Oconto County schools are eligible for a free flu vaccine, regardless of insurance or income. OCPH will vaccinate children from early childhood to 12th grade at their schools. Flu mist and flu shots are available for students up to eighth grade.

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


Photo by Anne Renel

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.

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