Community

Wed
02
Nov

OAHS establishes surgery fund for dogs

The Oconto Area Humane Society Inc. has established a fund to help pay for surgeries for two dogs in its care.

Flower is a 7-year-old, pure-bred Lab that spent her life as a breeder. She arrived at the shelter under-socialized and afraid of the world. Emotionally, she has healed well at the shelter, but she is suffering from torn ligaments in her knee, which will need to be repaired in order for her to gain full use of her back leg.

The second dog, Daisy, is a 6-month-old beagle-mix who came to the shelter unable to use her hind leg. X-rays revealed a prior injury (a torn growth plate) that, without the necessary prompt medical care, did not heal properly. At this point, the damage cannot be repaired. The veterinarian is recommending that the leg be removed so Daisy can live a long life free from the pain now caused by the defective limb.

Wed
02
Nov

Local woman uses Florida supplies, know-how for pine baskets

Sharon Zieries might seem like your average resident; however, she has a hidden talent. Although pine needles seem useless to some, Zieries can turn them into lovely baskets.

The Oconto Falls resident began making pine needle baskets about 14 years ago. While in Florida on vacation, she found out that her friend’s cousin attended a class on how to make the baskets.

“I wanted to know how to make them, so I signed up for a class,” Zieries said.

After entering the second basket she ever made in a Florida fair, she won a blue ribbon.

Zieries and a friend, whom she has known for 59 years, visit Florida every year for a vacation. While on vacation, she picks up her long pine needles and some basket bottoms that come from flea markets. Zieries uses the pine needles and basket bottoms, along with walnuts, to create her baskets.

Making these baskets is no small task, she said.

Wed
26
Oct

Friends complete 100-mile walking challenge


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Cheryl Bank, left, and Ronda Fischer show off their Centennial Road Warrior Challenge T-shirts they earned by walking the 100-mile centennial route.

Cheryl Bank and Ronda Fischer are the latest walkers to complete the Townsend Centennial Road Warrior Challenge. They teamed up in May to walk 100 miles to commemorate Townsend’s 100th birthday and completed the last leg of the walk in late September.

The course included 97 miles of town roads, many of which are dead-ends, so the total mileage turned out to far more than 100.

“It was a wonderful chance to rise to a challenge but also to spend quality time with a good friend,” Bank said. “I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I have to admit that we are both a bit directionally challenged, so now and then we had to put on some extra miles. We laughed a lot about that, and it was all good.”

Wed
26
Oct

Morgan’s equalized value tops others

Hello, Morgan! This mild autumn weather certainly has made for some good conditions for taking in the fall colors. I hope you have been enjoying them as much as I have!

If you have a photo or news item to share, please contact me at megan.stranz@gmail.com.

Here’s some Morgan trivia for you: Did you know that out of all 29 municipalities in Oconto County, Morgan had the greatest percentage increase in equalized property value from 2015 to 2016? Equalized property value is the term used for the assessed value of all land and improvements within a municipality. Morgan’s equalized property value increased 6 percent between 2015 and 2016.

Wed
26
Oct

Volunteers recognized for decades of service

It was easy to calculate the ages of the 29 Oconto County volunteers recognized last week — all over 70 — but harder to quantify the lasting effect they’ve had in their communities.

The two-page biographies in the Rural-Urban Banquet program captured a snapshot of their legacy: 50 years in the St. John’s Altar Society for Kathleen Kasten, 41 years on the Mountain Fire Department Auxiliary for Clarice Olsen, 22 years on the Community Memorial Hospital board of directors for Howard Eslien.

Honoree Doug McMahon summed it up by saying, “That’s an awful lot of volunteer work done.”

He said his volunteer work at a local nursing home, as treasurer of the Oconto County Fair Board and in numerous other roles kept him in touch with the community. The secret to volunteering, he said, is “not saying no.”

Wed
26
Oct

Native of Germany speaks at Oktoberfest celebration

Woodlands of Oconto Nursing Center celebrated Oktoberfest, in recognition of German heritage, with a coffee social.

The event included German spekulatius, known as windmill cookies in the U.S., and chocolates, plus live polka music, German beer and a traditional German lunch.

The day began with a presentation by Farnsworth Public Library employee Cordula Van Den Heuvel. Van Den Heuvel was born in Berlin and lived in Germany for 28 years. She earned a degree in business management, with a background in library and books, and managed a floor at a book store in Nuernberg.

She met her husband, Paul Van Den Heuvel, while he was an American soldier stationed in Germany. They married and spent a year together in Germany before moving to the United States. They now live in Oconto and have two children.

Wed
26
Oct

Chili Challenge winners announced

The Machickanee Players hosted their first Chili Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Legion Golf Course in Oconto. Twelve offerings were entered in four categories: Commercial, Chili With Beans, Chili Without Beans, and the Community Challenge.

The winning entry in the Commercial category was J’s Smokeshack BBQ in Oconto Falls. Jaye and Jennifer Meng, owners, accepted the trophy. Brothers Three, Oconto, came in second.

Winning the Chili With Beans category was Lynn Reed. Susan Groll placed second and Megan Schreiter third.

The Chili Without Beans category was won by the youngest competitor, Pauline Cameron. She also won the Community Challenge award selected by the general public.

Judging for all categories, except for the Community Challenge, was done by a panel of local judges: Gerry Ahlswede, Dave Ahlswede, Brandon Byng, David Gould and Sara Perrizo.

The proceeds from the Chili Challenge will be used to renovate the Park Avenue Playhouse.

Wed
26
Oct

Red Light Saloon closes on happy note

Two capacity audiences gave standing ovations to the performers of “Happy Endings,” the fifth and final Red Light Saloon Show staged Oct. 8 at the Townsend Town Hall.

Written and directed by Kathleen Marsh and narrated by Marcia Wahoske, this year’s musical comedy was set in 1916-1920. The plot revolved around the effects of those four turbulent years of U.S. history on the lives of the people of Townsend.

“Happy Endings” starred Don Franzen (Spike) and Cheryl Paulson as his estranged wife (Cherry Pitts). A side plot had Irish MacMuffen (Pat Lowery) and his favorite lady-of-the-evening, Annabel Nightshade (Annette Neitzer), caught in a love triangle with newcomer Gerhart Grishaber (Gary Baum).

The convergence of women’s suffrage, World War I and Prohibition forces saloon owners Cathouse Cate (Kathleen Marsh) and her moonshine-loving, comic husband Whiskey Jack (Jon Marsh) to shutter the Red Light Saloon.

Wed
19
Oct

Daddy D to perform at fine arts celebration

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts’ second performance of the 2016-2017 Fine Arts Series will be “America! Celebrate the USA!” presented by Daddy D Productions. The chicken and tips dinner and show will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Romy’s Holiday Inn, Kelly Lake.

Daddy D Productions started as a group of friends with a simple idea — good music, good friends, good food and good, clean humor. For inspiration, they looked to great variety shows of years past. This year’s show is a musical celebration of America and its music, from the tunes that moved a nation through war to songs that topped the music charts.

The event also includes the 15th Anniversary Fine Arts Celebration Fundraiser and Raffle, and a chance to win prizes and support the arts in the community.

Wed
19
Oct

Things were jumping at Oconto Marsh

Hikers to the Oconto Marsh enjoyed the company of frogs and birds on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 during events sponsored by the Oconto Farnsworth Public Library and Oconto Bird City. Hikers also learned about the marsh from Dave Halfmann of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

During the Aug. 25 hike, northern leopard frogs were abundant. The hikers’ approach frequently startled the frogs, causing them to jump from their cover of grasses. They are easy to identify, especially when captured and gently held for inspection by skillful young hikers. They are light-green to greenish-brown in color with circular dark spots bordered by white or yellow on their back, sides and legs. Their call is a deep, rattling snore interspersed with “chuckling” or the sound of a thumb rubbing against a balloon.

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