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Wed
16
Apr

Townsend committee plans for centennial

The Townsend Centennial Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 13 at the Old Town Hall on state Highway 32. The committee invites anyone interested in helping plan centennial events to attend.

Steering committee members Pam Bursek, Sandy Bursek, Judi Fellows, Jean Fietzer and Kathleen Marsh are preparing for Townsend’s hundredth birthday, which is April 4, 2016.

“We have wonderful and exciting ideas to make our township’s birthday very special,” said Marsh, the committee’s chairperson. “We will be selling souvenir buttons, T-shirts and sweatshirts and are preparing a keepsake publication. We are also planning at least one event for each month starting with the re-enactment of the founding of Townsend on April 2 and ending with the Oct. 1 Red Light Saloon show, which will be in tribute to the town’s logging heritage.”

All events and dates are subject to change, but the tentative schedule for 2016 includes the following events:

Wed
16
Apr

Dairy Cow is first barn quilt of 2014


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This Dairy Cow block was installed on April 1 at the Brock farm in Gillett by Oconto Electric Cooperative employees. It’s the first barn quilt block installed in 2014 as part of the Barn Quilts of Oconto County project.

Despite the cold weather and gusty winds, the first barn quilt of the year was installed April 1 in Oconto County at the farm of Ryan and Johna Brock. Russel and Barb Brock, who owned the farm previously, live a mile down the road.

The Brocks chose a dairy theme and a Dairy Cow block to place on their barn, which was built in 1941. All materials for the barn came from the property, from the rock for the 2-foot-thick walls to the cedar shingles for the roof. Stone was hauled from the fields with horses every morning before the masons arrived at 6 a.m. All the timber, planks and shingles were sawed on sight, and there is still sawdust evident in the fields when plowed.

Now, 17-year-old Raymond Brock is involved with the farm and is the fifth generation caring for cattle.

Wed
16
Apr

Turn in old car seats at Safe Kids Day

Oconto County Public Health and its partners will collect old and unused car seats April 26 as part of Safe Kids Day, an event to celebrate kids, prevent injuries and save lives.

Child’s car seats and booster seats will be collected between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, April 26, at the Oconto Fire Department. The seats will be taken apart to be recycled and properly disposed. The event is sponsored by Safe Kids Wisconsin, Advanced Disposal Services, Oconto County Public Health and the Oconto Fire Department.

Seats to turn in are those that are past their expiration date, have been in a car crash, have missing or broken pieces, were purchased from a garage sale or thrift store, or are unsafe because of a recall. All car seats have an expiration date that can be found on the manufacturer’s label. If there is no expiration date listed, a general rule for expiration is six years from the manufacture date.

Wed
09
Apr

Machickanee Players to present comedy

The ladies who live at 909 Sycamore St. have found a new hobby, and it’s not bird watching. They have discovered the handsome police detective who lives across the street and are determined that he will come over for tea, no matter what it takes. What it takes is a murder—or two.

Laugh-out loud moments ensue in the play “Bull in a China Shop,” written by C. B. Gilford and presented by the Machickanee Players.

The second production of the group’s 31st season will be performed with dinner shows at 7 p.m. April 25 and 26 and May 3. Cost is $25 with payment in advance. Stand-alone shows will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, and 7 p.m. Friday, May 2. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. A dessert matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Cost is $17 in advance.

Performances take place at the Park Avenue Playhouse, 408 Park Ave., Oconto

Wed
02
Apr

Friends to close season with European-style music

Tickets are on sale for the Dorf Kapelle dinner and show, the final performance of the season for the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts Fine Arts Series. The event begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Romy’s Holiday Inn, Kelly Lake.

Dorf Kapelle celebrates its 25th season and continues to thrill audiences with the traditional ethnic style of the typical European village band. Director Ernest Broeniman and the musicians are dedicated to the reproduction of European wind music, including polkas, marches and waltzes.

Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited. For tickets, call 920-848-7469 or order online at www.ocontofallsfriendsofthearts.com.

Wed
02
Apr

Barn quilts await spring weather

Thanks to the help of several volunteers this winter, the Barn Quilts of Oconto County project is ready for spring installations once the weather allows. To date, there are 23 blocks scheduled to be completed and installed by fall.

Oconto Electric Cooperative will support this effort by donating its equipment. The linemen will donate their time for the installations, scheduled to begin in early April.

The barn quilt blocks are painted at New View Industries in Gillett by New View workers and volunteers.

Author Suzi Parron will visit the Gillett Library on June 2 to tell about the barn quilts trail movement in the U.S. Her book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement,” was published in 2012, and a second volume has been commissioned. Parron is traveling around the country speaking with quilt guilds and visiting the quilt trails along the way.

Wed
02
Apr

CMH Spring Fling to include casino games

The ninth annual Spring Fling, a wine, beer and cheese tasting event hosted by Community Healthcare Foundation, is Friday, April 4, at Red Maple Country Club, 501 Golf Course Road, Suring.

The Casino Night event includes unlimited tastings, hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, a silent auction and $500 in “casino cash” to play at gaming tables and slot machines.

Prizes include a floral arrangement by The Flower Shoppe and the ultimate Brewers fan package. Guests can cash in their casino winnings for chances to win envelopes stuffed with cash.

Event sponsors are Vos Electric, Rodac Development and Construction, Wipfli CPA and Consultants, Duame Sand and Gravel, The Flower Shoppe and Red Maple Country Club.

Wed
02
Apr

West Virginia teacher to perform at Steinway concert

The Steinway Centerstage XI Concert will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center at Oconto Falls High School. The concert will feature pianists of all ages, representing the piano studios of Kathryn Brown, Tammy Framnes, Laura Kanzenbach, Carol Ann Lemke, Grace Skaletski and Julie Spillane.

School Superintendent David Polashek will be the master of ceremonies.

This year’s special guest artist will be pianist Justin Krueger, a teacher and pianist for the past 10 years. He began playing the piano at age 5. He has won several accolades for both his performance and his teaching. He teaches in a small studio setting and is director of music at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morgantown, W.V. He has completed degree work at both Wichita State University and St. Norbert College and plans to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May at West Virginia University.

Wed
26
Mar

Damp receives award from state FFA Alumni

Virginia “Virgie” Damp, of Oconto Falls, received the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement Award at the 34th State FFA Alumni Convention recently held in Elkhart Lake.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions of leadership and service to agriculture education, FFA and FFA Alumni at the local, state and national levels.

Graduating before girls were eligible for membership in FFA, Damp joined the Oconto Falls FFA Alumni affiliate in 2001 upon learning that membership in the FFA in high school was not a requirement for FFA Alumni involvement. She became a life member of the Wisconsin and National FFA Alumni in 2005.

Wed
26
Mar

Weight training part of Strong Bones program

Strong Bones classes will be held from 2-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday from April 7 to July 7 at Bayside Senior Living, 237 Cook Ave., Oconto. A required assessment will take place by appointment from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 28.

The program is a twice-weekly exercise program that includes light weight training, flexibility, balance activities and nutrition education. The exercises are safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health.

People with health concerns such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity and back pain often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting light weights a few times each week.

The instructors are Judy Kozlowski from Bayside Senior Living and Donna Doll-Yogerst, University of Wisconsin-Extension family living agent.

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