Community

Wed
30
Nov

Gobbling up a Thanksgiving feast


Times Herald photo by Joan Koehne

Hillside Assembly’s gym was filled with people enjoying a pre-Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 23 in Gillett. Volunteers prepared for 500 meals to be served, which included over 100 that were delivered to residents in the area.

Hillside Assembly, for the 24th year, hosted the Gillett Community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23, the eve of Thanksgiving. Volunteers prepared and served turkey, ham and all the trimmings to a steady stream of guests.

Jenny Block, of Suring, sitting with a group of about eight family members, said the food was fantastic.

Volunteers prepared for a meal for 500 people, which included over 100 meals delivered to residents in the area. Pastor Paul Carlson said the annual outreach to shut-ins is one reason the church continues to provide the pre-Thanksgiving meal.

“It’s just a way of serving our community,” he added.

Anyone was welcome to attend, especially those who would have been alone for the holiday or those struggling financially.

Patty Kurtz coordinated the meal, assisted by volunteers which, for the first time, included members of the Gillett Mayor’s Youth Authority.

Wed
30
Nov

Innocence of Peanuts gang captured in play

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” set to be performed the first two weekends in December by the cast of Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc.

The whole gang is here. Bossy Lucy, portrayed by Ali Carlson, is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder, played by Michael Brunner, who doesn’t give her the time of day.

Perfectionist Sally, played by Elizabeth Zitny, is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, played by Christopher LaChance.

Snoopy, played by Cate Kopkey, is in the doghouse, and the “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown, played by Brandon Byng, is in rare form.

The bright and adorable Woodstock is played by Abigail Budz.

Wed
30
Nov

Giving animals a second chance


Photo by Eden Witt

Tina Yeamens of Critters Companion shows off a goat at the organization’s shelter in the Abrams area. The shelter is home to a variety of animals.

Critters Companion of the Abrams/Pensaukee area is an animal shelter devoted to finding good homes for pets. The local shelter accepts a variety of animals and does not put any down.

“Our mission is to help the unwanted and homeless pet population, along with trying to assist lower income families with pets,” said Tina Yeamens, who has been running Critters Companion with Eli Raindancer since 2003.

The two began the shelter in Utah, but in 2007, Yeamens and Raindancer relocated Critters Companion to Wisconsin after they were both hired at Humana. Before they started the organization, Yeamens and Raindancer volunteered at several animal shelters.

“We had both volunteered and fostered with a foster-based animal rescue organization, and after they shut down, we started Critters Companion,” Yeamens said. They also have worked with Best Friends Animal Society.

Wed
23
Nov

Riders contribute to ‘We Believe’ campaign

An idea to make a difference took hold when Josh Arndt and Joe Arndt, of Gillett, decided to hold a motorcycle ride to benefit the “We Believe” campaign.

Though they had only three weeks to get the word out about the Oct. 29 ride, over 30 bikes showed up. Each rider brought either a new toy or gave a monetary donation.

Klaus Lake Bar was the starting point, where proprietors Jennifer and Carl Neumann put on a lunch for the riders. Spirits of Gillett was the ending point of the ride where a 50/50 raffle was held. Josh Arndt was the winner and donated his share back to the cause.

The ride brought in a lot of toys and over $1,100. It will become an annual event.

The “We Believe” campaign was started 10 years ago by Vicki Pemrich and Gail Cole. Last year the campaign helped 30 families and over 75 children have a better Christmas.

Wed
23
Nov

Morgan Musings

Greetings, Morgan!

Best wishes to your family this Thanksgiving. If you have a news item or photo to share, please contact me at megan.stranz@gmail.com.

Veterans Day was recently observed on Nov. 11. One Morgan couple recognizes veterans throughout the year by maintaining a permanent flag display in their own front yard. Dave and Ginny Behrend, who reside at 3214 County Road C, began this undertaking after moving to Morgan and noticing that a raised area in their yard would make a perfect spot to display the American flag that Dave had received as a gift after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in Desert Storm. (He also served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.)

This idea eventually turned into a series of flagpoles that Dave designed himself, putting a considerable amount of thought into the placement of the poles, with each flying the flag of a branch of the military. There is also a pole for the POW-MIA flag.

Wed
23
Nov

Adults invited to compete in Lena’s elf contest

The “Elf on the Shelf,” a new contest for adults, will take place in the village of Lena as part of the Village of Lights celebration.

Starting on Saturday, Dec. 3, the elf will spend 24 hours at local businesses, and contestants get a chance to follow him each day to see where he is hiding. He will make 20 different stops.

Contestants can pick up their “elf” sheet at participating businesses to keep track of where he is located. They can turn in their lists to the Village Hall by 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, when a prize drawing will take place. Participants must be age 18 or older.

The Village of Lights celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3, will feature family activities from 3-7 p.m., beginning with a movie and popcorn at the Lena Public Library. Santa will arrive at Village Hall at 5 p.m.

Wed
16
Nov

Lena is lighting up for the holidays

The Village of Lights preparation is underway in the village of Lena. The holiday kickoff is scheduled from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The Lena Promotions Committee is spearheading the project to bring awareness of the local businesses and the village.

The kickoff starts with a holiday movie and popcorn at the Lena Public Library. At 5 p.m. Santa will arrive by fire truck to visit with children at the Village Hall. Kids can sign up for a chance to win a 3-foot-long stocking or a “Night Before Christmas” box.

Local businesses and clubs will give away special treats, and people will have a chance to win a variety of prizes if they visit the participating businesses and get their Village of Lights card punched. Some of the activities include frosting cookies at the Wooden Shoe, writing a letter to Santa at Lena Lanes, having a hot dog at Vintage Insurance and getting a bag of candy at McGuire Sport’s Bar.

Wed
16
Nov

Literacy council trains 5 tutors

The Marinette & Oconto Counties Literacy Council has five new volunteer tutors trained and ready to be paired with area adult students waiting for a tutor to help them with reading and speaking English.

The tutor/student pair will meet regularly in a public location, such as a library, using materials provided by the council. The tutor and student work toward goals set by the students. By achieving the goals, the students are then able to become contributing members of their communities and workforce.

For information about becoming a tutor or to refer an adult student, contact Janet at 920-897-4422 or jdglime77@hotmail.com.

Wed
16
Nov

A privilege taken seriously


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Joan Gauthier, 103, and her daughter, Sue Campbell, arrive at the Stiles Town Hall to vote on Nov. 8. They were assisted by poll workers Peggy Sonata, left, and Marge Wicinski.

The year was 1932.

The U.S. was in the depths of the Great Depression, Amelia Earhart made history as the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the parking meter was invented.

History was being made in the election of a new president when Franklin Roosevelt, who promised a New Deal for the American people, defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover.

And Joan Gauthier, of rural Oconto Falls, made personal history when she voted in her first presidential election. She cast her first ballot as a 19-year-old in Milwaukee, but the details of that vote are hazy.

“To tell you the honest to God truth, it’s hard to remember my first vote,” she said.

Exactly 84 years later, on Nov. 8, she was at the polls again, voting in the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and the eventual victor, Donald Trump.

Twenty-two presidential elections have come and gone from 1932 to 2016, and Gauthier said she has voted in every one.

Fri
11
Nov

Breathing new life into an old school


Times Herald photo by Joan Koehne
Andrew Lane stands in the center of the upper floor of Spruce School, a two-room schoolhouse he is renovating for a home. The school closed in 2012.

The interior of Spruce School today bears little resemblance to the classroom setting of five years ago.

A few items remain from recent school days, like the partial number line and alphabet strip, a couple of posters and a bulletin board. The rest of the classroom atmosphere is missing at the school that educated generations of Spruce kids before closing in 2012.

In its recent history, the schoolhouse was operated as a charter school with an environmental emphasis for students in grades one through five.

From 2012 to 2015, Spruce School sat empty with nothing but memories inside the two rooms that once bustled with the excitement of learning. Slowly taking the place of the classrooms is a home for a family of three, Andrew Lane and his two sons, ages 5 and 8.

Lane said he feels no vibes from the former students or teachers — no ghosts of the past flitting past the high ceilings. To Lane, it’s a beautiful historic building with a lot of promise.

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