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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.

Wed
19
Mar

Patenaude honored with Lions award


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Jim Patenaude, left, holds the Birch-Sturm Fellowship plaque he received for his commitment to the Oconto Falls Lions. Offering congratulations is Shane Senn, club president.

In a surprise presentation in February, Jim Patenaude of the Oconto Falls Lions was awarded the Birch-Sturm Fellowship plaque from District Governor Peter Andre.

Andre presented the award and congratulated the club on its many positive efforts in the community.

The Birch-Sturm Fellowship was created in 1990 by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation to honor individuals who exemplify undying dedication and commitment to the Lions organization. The fellowship is named after Wisconsin’s only Lions international presidents, Frank V. Birch and Clarence L. Sturm, who were great supporters of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation.

Patenaude joined the Oconto Falls Lions in November 1995 and was sponsored by Richard Delvaux. He worked his way through the officer ranks and served as club president from 2001-2002. He served as club treasurer for 11 years and stepped down in 2013.

Wed
12
Mar

GOP to gather for Lincoln Day luncheon

The Republican Party of Oconto County will hold its Lincoln Day luncheon on Saturday, March 22, at Red Maple Golf Course, 501 Golf Course Road, Suring.

The keynote speaker will be state Rep. John Nygren, of Wisconsin’s 89th Assembly District, chairman of the Joint Finance Committee.

A public safety and law enforcement panel will feature Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney and GOP candidate for Wisconsin attorney general.

Doors will open at noon for a social, with opening remarks and the keynote speaker at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and other presentations from at 2:30-4 p.m.

Others scheduled to appear are state Sen. Tom Tiffany, state Rep. Jeff Mursau and 2014 secretary of state candidates Jay Schroeder and Bill Folk. Candidate Julian Bradley has also been invited, along with state treasurer candidates Scott Feldt and Matt Adamczyk.

Wed
05
Mar

Fairest of Fair crowned in new venue


Courtesy of Photography by Karen

Outgoing Fairest of the Fair Amber Baeten crowns the 2014 winner, Kallie Rank, Saturday at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. Rank will promote the Oconto County Fair by making community appearances before the fair and act as hostess at the fair Aug. 14-17.

In the midst of the polar vortex Saturday, eight young women conjured up summer scenes of tractor pulls and prize-winning calves as they competed for the 2014 Oconto County Junior and Senior Fairest of the Fair titles.

The contestants, on stage at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, answered questions, read radio spots they developed and told about their aspirations as county fair promoters.

When it was over, Kallie Rank and Lauren Herzog, both of Gillett, were crowned Senior and Junior Fairest of the Fair, respectively, for 2014.

Rank is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, studying American Sign Language interpretation. Herzog is an eighth-grade student at Gillett Middle School and a member of Willing Workers 4-H Club in rural Oconto Falls.

The Fairest of the Fairs’ primary responsibilities are to promote the fair and to help people —whether judges, fair board members, exhibitors or visitors—have rewarding experiences there.

Wed
05
Mar

Stroke screenings coming to Oconto Falls

Residents in the area can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Life Line Screening, sponsored by Bellin Memorial Hospital, will take place March 14 at the Oconto Falls Area Senior Center, 512 Caldwell Ave.

According to Life Line Screening, stroke is the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability, yet 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke. Preventive ultrasound screenings are fast, noninvasive and painless, and can help individuals avoid a stroke.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for men and women.

Wed
26
Feb

‘Grease’ is the word


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Lynn Jones conducts a rehearsal of “Grease” at New View Industries. Clients will perform the musical Thursday at Oconto Falls High School.

From holding a prop in last year’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” to a leading role in “Grease,” Charlie, a client at New View Industries, is making long strides toward independence.

Fostering independence is one objective of New View Industries, which will bring the musical “Grease” to the stage Thursday, Feb. 27. New View Industries helps develop disabled individuals into productive members of society through a variety of social and vocational services.

An energetic musical, “Grease” is filled with catchy songs and an inspiring story of young love.

Charlie, who plays Sonny, said he is excited and happy to be a part of the production.

Lynn Jones, production staff member at New View Industries, urged Charlie to participate in “The Wizard of Oz” last year, and after he agreed to hold a prop, he found he was comfortable in front of an audience. This year he accepted the challenge of a leading role.

Wed
26
Feb

Junior Fairest of Fair to be chosen Saturday

Four contestants will compete for the title of Junior Fairest of the Fair on March 1 at Oconto Falls High School. Final judging is open to the public and begins at 3 p.m.

The contestants will be judged on their interview skills, ability to answer impromptu questions, public speaking, professionalism, enthusiasm and their knowledge of the fair.

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fairest of the Fair contest will represent Oconto County and serve as hostesses at the 2014 Oconto County Fair from Aug. 14-17.

Wed
26
Feb

4 to compete for Fairest of Fair

Four Oconto County contestants will compete for the title of Senior Fairest of the Fair.

The winner will be selected Sunday, March 1, at Oconto Falls High School. Interviews and judging will take place throughout the day, and the public is invited to attend a reception with the candidates at 2:30 p.m.

Final judging begins at 3 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. Contestants will introduce themselves, present radio spots and event announcements, and answer impromptu questions.

Senior Fairest Amber Baeten and Junior Fairest Stephanie Peitersen will give their farewell speeches.

Here’s a look at the candidates:

Wed
26
Feb

Friends of the Arts to present “Women of Ireland”


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Tickets are on sale for a performance of “Women of Ireland” March 23 at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts will present the internationally acclaimed “Women of Ireland,” featuring Irish music, song and dance from Ireland’s finest female performers, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located in Oconto Falls High School.

“Women of Ireland” is a full-stage concert production that showcases the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers. The show demonstrates the well of talent that exists within Ireland’s traditions of music, song and dance. Special significance is placed on depicting the pure qualities of Irish music in a contemporary setting.

Tickets are $38 plus a $2 processing fee and are available online at www.ocontofallsfriendsofthearts.com, through the mail, or by calling the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts at 920-848-7469.

This event is sponsored in part by N.E.W. Credit Union and Neva Hodge-Lemorande.

Wed
12
Feb

Tribute show to be staged as fundraiser


Corrina Romandine

Corrina Romandine, a freshman at Oconto Falls High School, has been selected to be a student ambassador for the People to People organization in June. To fund her trip, she is coordinating a spaghetti dinner and show Feb. 21.

The dinner will be served from 6-8 p.m. at Oconto Falls High School. The show is scheduled from 8-10 p.m. at The Falls Area Performing Arts Center, featuring Elvis tribute artist Ron Vandenbusch and Neil Diamond tribute artist Mike Peterson. They will perform well-known favorites and a tribute to The Blues Brothers.

Performing a tribute to the Sapphire Trio will be Chris Duprey, Anita Bain and Sue Elm.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 17 and under. Call 920-639-6614 to reserve a seat.

Through the People to People program, Romandine will tour three countries and learn about their cultures, see landmarks and perform community service.

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