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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.

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.

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