Community

Wed
15
Jan

Volunteers sought for Habitat for Humanity trip to Nepal

Valerie Plasky, of Suamico, will lead a team of 12 people on a 16-day Habitat for Humanity Global Village project to Nepal in April. Team members are needed to build homes in Kavre Nepal, about a two-hour’s drive southeast of Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu.

The trip will take place from April 4-19. The cost of $2,240 includes all accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, cultural activities, some sightseeing, medical and evacuation insurance, and other expenses. It does not include airfare.

No construction experience is necessary to participate.

Team members learn about poverty housing and Habitat’s ministry and mission to help eradicate it. They experience the community’s culture, language and social practices while working alongside homeowners and volunteers of all backgrounds, races and religions.

Wed
15
Jan

Sled Fest features full day of snowmobile events

The fourth annual Sled Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Historic Chase Stone Barn, 8246 County Road S, Chase. The event will feature family activities throughout the day.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with registration for the speed runs. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Details regarding the speed runs can be found on the Sled Fest website: www.sledfestwi.com.

The event will also feature a vintage snowmobile show and swap meet, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. Vendors who would like to participate may contact info@sledfestwi.com or visit www.sledfestwi.com. Participation is free.

Wed
15
Jan

Raffle to raise funds for town of Hall playground

Raffle prizes worth more than $4,000, including a top prize of $500 in cash, have been donated by area businesses to raise funds for a playground at the town of How ball field at the top of Suring hill.

The Business Association of Suring Area is sponsoring the raffle for the Suring Area Playground Committee, formed to raise funds and coordinate the purchase of playground equipment for the ball field.

The recreational area is frequented by families for ball games, community events and outings. The committee’s goal is to provide a safe, family friendly play area.

Seventy-five percent of the raffle profits will go to the Suring Area Playground Committee and 25 percent to BASA.

Raffle tickets cost $2 each or six for $10. They may be purchased at Wichman’s BP, C-US-4 Wireless Cellcom agent in Suring and Shawano, FirstMerit Bank, Suring Auto and Hardware, The Boarding House Supper Club, Suring Barber Shop and Suring Dollar Value.

Wed
08
Jan

Auditions set for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold auditions for its next musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9 at The Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

The show tells the story of a down-and-out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

Actors age 13 and older are invited to audition. They will be asked to sing an upbeat song from a musical (not a song from “Little Shop of Horrors”). A CD player will be provided, or individuals can sing a cappella.

Wed
01
Jan

Wreaths add holiday touch to softball fences


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Christmas wreaths decorate the fence of the softball field at Oconto Falls High School.

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
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.”

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