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Wed
01
Jan

Knights honor Kloes family, Goffard

The Lena Knights of Columbus chose the Richard and Dorothy Kloes family, of rural Oconto, as the council’s Family of the Month for December.

The Kloes are parents of seven children; one daughter is deceased. They also have 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Richard and Dorothy are actively involved with both church and community organizations. Richard is a member of the Lena Knights of Columbus, adjutant with the Doney-DeGrave American Legion Post and member and past officer of the Lena Lions Club.

Dorothy is president of the American Legion Auxiliary and is active promoting the Badger Girls program through the Legion.

Dorothy and Richard also help keep the Lena Veterans Memorial in excellent shape. Their son Richard did a lot of work with the landscaping of the memorial.

Wed
25
Dec

And Christmas Came Anyway

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

Dad and I had always been close. It could have been because I was his eldest daughter or because we seemed to think and laugh alike. Or maybe he only doted on me because my little sister died some years before. Only a few days after returning from cutting our Christmas tree at Rawhide that December 1967, I watched with growing unease as he called his doctor about a pain shooting down his left side.

The next day he was in the hospital preparing for surgery. The Christmas season should have ground to a halt, but it didn’t. With news that Dad’s surgery had gone well, we made up for lost time getting Christmas ready to come as scheduled.

Even without Dad’s singing to lead us on, we relearned all the Christmas songs. I especially practiced his favorite, “O Holy Night.”

Wed
25
Dec

‘Tis the Morning Before Christmas

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

In 1983 we borrowed my mother-in-law’s car for a short time. She had just installed an engine heater in it. Now imagine this: Our cars and hers are in our driveway with the radiators of all three cars almost touching so the three engine heaters are connected to the same extension cord. I’d hidden my husband’s gift, a fire extinguisher, at Mom’s house …

‘Tis the morning before Christmas and inside is cozy and nice

Outdoors is 30 below and everything’s ice!

Too cold to stir or for vehicles to even groan

Car heaters are plugged in at 3 in the morn.

At 4 in the morn a funny odor fills the house

We know in our hearts it isn’t a mouse.

With John on his bedside and me on mine

We think it is a wire and should be defined.

Wed
25
Dec

Christmas

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

Now, in the depth of winter, we hang colored lights and festive ornaments to usher in the Christmas season. We buy gifts and wrap them in gaily colored paper, hoping to see the surprise on the face of loved ones when they open the cherished item.

We bake cookies, send cards and call people who are far away; we want them to know that they are not forgotten. We sing carols and smile and believe in the possibility of miracles … because, after all, it’s Christmas. In short, we do all of the things that we should be doing the entire year through.

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.

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