Community

Wed
28
May

Prueter elected to lead Wabeno American Legion Auxiliary

Karen Prueter, of Mountain, was elected president of the Wabeno Unit 44 American Legion Auxiliary. Prueter succeeds Kathleen Marsh, who led the unit for six years.

Also selected by unanimous ballot April 17 were Marsh, vice president; Sharon Hallam, secretary; Diane Johnson, treasurer/membership chair; Carol Lee Hughes, historian; and Mary Lou Lasecki, chaplain.

Lorry Runge was appointed chair of the We Care Packages Committee, and Mary Ellen Krizek will remain as Unit 44 poppy chair. Diane Spaude serves as sunshine contact person for the group.

Prueter has been an active member of Unit 44 for seven years and volunteers for numerous events annually. She also serves as president for Nicolet AARP Chapter 1191 and is president of the Lakewood Homemakers Club (HCE). She is also chairperson of Enjoyable Learning for a Lifetime, a one-day program presented by Oconto County HCE.

Wed
28
May

Barn quilt movement is topic of library visit

Author Suzi Parron will speak at the Gillett Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 2. Parron’s presentation will feature stories from her first book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement,” which was published in 2011.

A second volume has now been commissioned, so Parron is traveling full time in a converted bus/RV with her husband, Glen, and their dog, Gracie, touring the quilt trails across the country.

Her program will take the audience on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves’ wish to honor her mother’s quilting art. Parron’s hourlong presentation features more than 100 photographs of barn quilts, some which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy.

Wed
28
May

Breakfast on the Farm is June 8

The 2014 Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm will be held Sunday, June 8, at Triple C Dairy Farm, owned by Lee Roy and Diane Kruse, at 8716 CCC Road, Oconto Falls.

A polka Mass featuring the Maroszek Brothers will be celebrated at 7 a.m., and breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The meal will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs with ham and cheese, sausage, yogurt, apple slices, cheese, milk, coffee, orange juice and ice cream. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12.

Entertainment will be available for all ages, including live music, a petting zoo, children’s games and farm tours.

The Kruses purchased their 120-acre farm with 24-cow stall barn in 1985 from a retiring couple. Thirty years later, along with raising three children, Kevin, Katrina, and Kayle, the Kruses have grown their farm business to crop 1,300 acres. They milk 635 cows.

Wed
28
May

Falls man tours D.C. with Old Glory Honor Flight


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Korean War veteran Wally Saffran, of Oconto Falls, is greeted by friends on his return to Wisconsin after an Old Glory Honor Flight. At right is his guide for the trip, Jordan Polzin, originally of Suring and now living in Appleton. At left are his friends Marie, Julie and Nathan Birr.

Wally Saffran, of Oconto Falls, experienced a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., with the Old Glory Honor Flight on May 8. A group of 57 veterans of World War II and the Korean War took the flight.

Saffran served in the Army during the Korean War.

He joined other Korean War veterans in touring the Korean War Memorial, while the World War II veterans toured their memorial. Saffran’s group also visited the Roosevelt Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where they observed the changing of the guard, and the memorial honoring women in the service.

When they returned to the airport in Appleton, more than 500 people, many of them waving flags, welcomed them back with cheers.

The Old Glory Honor Flight, funded totally by donations, is offered free to veterans. DVDs at the Oconto Falls Library show what this organization is doing for veterans.

Wed
21
May

Copper Culture Museum to open

Copper Culture State Park is gearing up for another season. The Werrebroeck House/Copper Culture Museum will open on Saturday, May 24, and will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day weekend.

Guides will show guests recent additions donated to the museum’s expanding copper artifact collection in the Copper Culture Room. Young archaeologists can unearth interesting artifacts in the Excavation Room and learn how to use primitive atlatls.

A number of new additions have been added to the park this spring. Last year, the Bird City group erected several bluebird houses around the park that have attracted colorful immigrants. Two new wood duck houses can be found by the river, and plans are being made for American Kestrel nesting boxes.

A new trail, the Bluebird Trail, has been added.

Wed
21
May

Memorial Day events honor the fallen

Those who served in the armed forces will be remembered at Memorial Day services around the area.

Oconto Falls

Oconto Falls Elementary School Principal Daniel Moore will speak at the 10 a.m. service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oconto Falls. The Eick-Sankey American Legion Post 302 and Legion Auxiliary will conduct the service.

Gillett

In Gillett, a Memorial Day procession will begin at Gillett School, 208 W. Main St., at 9:45 a.m. and end at the Memorial Lot on West Main Street. John Wolfe, a Gillett native and past Ninth District commander of the American Legion, will be the guest speaker at the service, which begins at 10 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the auditorium at Gillett Secondary School. A potluck lunch will follow at Lone Oak Gun Club.

Suring

Wed
21
May

OCHA prom has tulips theme


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John and Jackie were king and queen of the Oconto County Handicapped Citizen Association’s prom on May 4.

The Oconto County Handicapped Citizen Association’s 2014 prom was held May 4 at Romy’s Holiday Inn with about 90 people attending. The theme was Tip Toe Through the Tulips.

This year’s king was John, and queen was Jackie. Music for dancing was provided by DJ Mary. Cake and punch were served. The Oconto Falls Lioness took care of the decorations. Corsages were given to all the clients, compliments of Oconto Florist, which also donated a queen’s bouquet.

OCHA will hold its annual picnic June 21 at Zippel Park in Gillett. Food will be provided, along with games and prizes.

Wed
14
May

Christensen receives Faith That Works award

Ronald Christensen, CEO and administrator at Woodland Village, Suring, is a recipient of the Faith That Works award, given by the Diocese of Green Bay.

Sponsored by The Compass, this award is given to leaders of the community and organizations who have a strong faith and utilize that faith in the everyday tasks of life.

On April 11, Christensen was honored by Bishop David Ricken at the St. Francis Xavier Conference Center in Green Bay.

According to a news release announcing the award, Christensen showed his dedication to protecting others while serving in the Marines, and shows caring and compassion on the job and through his involvement with St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Suring and the Suring community.

Wed
14
May

Auditions scheduled for Gillett’s summer musical

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” has been selected as the summer musical to be presented from July 31-Aug. 3 in the Meunier-Pelow Auditorium at Gillett Secondary School.

The show, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shrevlove and Larry Gelbert (“M*A*S*H), opened on Broadway in 1962 and won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book.

Auditions will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the band room of Gillett High School and from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the band room of Oconto Falls High School. Performers are needed from high school age and older. There are no parts for children in this production. Producers are also looking for people to play in the pit band.

Performers are asked to prepare a short song to sing and will also be asked to read from the script.

Wed
14
May

Garden club plans summer trip to Milwaukee

The Northern Gardeners Garden Club will take part in the Milwaukee Garden Tour on July 31 to Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. This museum is located on Lake Michigan bluffs and has re-created the classic elements of the 16th century Tuscan landscape.

Participants will have lunch at the Boerner Botanical Gardens in the glass, two-story atrium that has a terrace view and a formal garden backdrop. At the museum, more than 40 acres of formal gardens are professionally labeled, with more than 500 varieties of roses, plus one of the largest crab apple collections in Wisconsin. After the visit, the bus will head to Whitnall Park for a drive-through tour.

The cost of the Lamers Bus Lines trip is $75. Checks payable to Northern Gardeners Garden Club may be sent to Diane Murdzek, W789 Townhall Drive, Pulaski, WI 54162. For more information, call Murdzek at 920-822-3864.

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