Megan Cain to speak at spring garden conference

Spring Garden Conference 2018 registrations are now being accepted by the Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association. This event, now in its 23rd year, will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette campus on March 24.

The keynote speaker is Megan Cain, founder of The Creative Vegetable Gardener and the Flavorful Life Garden Club, who is an educator, author and speaker. Cain has a love of gardening and shares what works and what doesn’t with youth, homeowners and attendees at various speaker forums.

This conference will provide a wide range of educational sessions covering topics such as vegetable gardening, seasonal garden beds — including miniature, native, willows and perennial — and practical sessions for low-input lawn care, soil considerations, fruit tree pruning and basics before purchasing an apple tree for your yard. Several hands-on workshops are also offered.


Stepping out for a night of entertainment

Members of the Oconto and Oconto Falls chambers of commerce enjoy the song and dance numbers performed by the Abrams Spotlight Production cast at an After 5 event at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. They are seated on new chairs, made possible through a grant from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation. (Contributed photo)

Abrams Spotlight Productions hosted an After 5 event for members of the Oconto and Oconto Falls chambers of commerce to showcase the community theater’s new look and its performers’ talents.

The Feb. 15 event included live musical performances, food and refreshments, as well as the unveiling of the theater’s 2018 season and its new seating. Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. replaced the theater’s church pews with more comfortable and versatile chairs, thanks to an $11,535 grant from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation.

“Abrams Spotlight Productions couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the 2018 season than by bringing together the local communities and having time to socialize and enjoy live entertainment,” said Bill Koehne, president of the ASPI board. “Thanks to the Bond Foundation, we now have comfortable chairs, which make the theater experience that much better for the audience.”


Walleyes for Tomorrow to hold banquet

Sportsmen and women are invited to an event dedicated to raising money for walleye habitat improvement, fishing education and youth fishing.

The Green Bay Walleyes for Tomorrow annual fundraising banquet is March 9 at the Stadium View, 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the raffles and silent auction begin, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The Friday night fish fry buffet will feature baked and deep-fried cod, chicken and all the fixings.

Door prizes will be awarded to everyone who attends, and many lucky winners will go home with fishing excursions, guns, fishing rods, wildlife prints and more.

“Walleyes for Tomorrow has no paid employees, and 100 percent of everything raised is spent locally,” said Bill Koehne of Abrams, chairman of the Green Bay chapter.


Got seeds? Black-capped chickadees happy to take ‘em

A black-capped chickadee picks a sunflower seed from a backyard feeder. (Photo by Cathy Carnes)

I’ve been watching one of our favorite birds, the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) at our feeders. These little balls of energy always seem to lift one’s spirits with their bright colors, high energy and curiosity.

They have a distinctive black cap and bib; their body is light in color, and their wings are black with white edges. It’s easy to remember their name, as it is reflected in their chick-a-dee-dee call, which interestingly is an alarm call. The more “dees” in the call, the greater the alarm they are communicating to not only their flock mates, but to other bird species that associate with them. So hanging out with chickadees has a real, and maybe even lifesaving, benefit!


Morgan Musings: New town hall is impressive

Hello, Morgan residents! Thanks for being interested in small-town news.

I toured the new town hall during the open house on Jan. 6 and was very impressed with the new facility. The roughly 4,100-square-foot town hall features a large gathering room with tables and chairs available to seat about 100 people, with an adjacent spacious kitchen.

The kitchen has a pass-through counter to the large gathering room and features an abundance of counter space and outlets. There is also a smaller meeting room for monthly town meetings, designated office space, modern restrooms and plenty of storage. The parking area is freshly blacktopped, and the building is ADA compliant.

The new hall would be a comfortable location to host your next event, and hall rental can be arranged by contacting any town board member.



Beginner machine quilting class offered

Gillett Handiworks LLC is offering a Beginner Machine Quilting Class that will take place over four Saturdays from Feb. 17 through March 10.

Class will go from 2-4:30 p.m. each Saturday, and the cost of the class is $42.20. Call 920-855-5002 or email to ask questions or reserve a spot.

Supplies students will need are: 2.5 yards of background fabric; 7 Fat Quarters or scrap equivalent to make 57 5-inch squares; 1 yard of accent fabric; 5/8 yard of fabric for binding; 4 yards of backing fabric; batting 68 by 68; thread to match (hand-quilting thread is not recommended); rotary cutter, mat and ruler; basic sewing supplies (seam ripper, scissors, pins, etc.); and a sewing machine in good working order.

Gillett Handiworks is located next to OJ’s Midtown at 124 E. Main St., Gillett.


Chain of Hearts campaign supports families

Hospital stays can be devastating to a family’s budget. NEW Credit Union’s February Chain of Hearts campaign aims to help the families of sick or injured children.

The Chain of Hearts campaign is a statewide effort by Wisconsin’s credit unions to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This fundraiser for the local nonprofit hospitals of Wisconsin asks credit union staff, members, community residents and area businesses to remember the special people in their lives during the Valentine season by purchasing a link or heart. The campaign began Jan. 30 and will run until Feb. 28.

Those who donate will have their names or the names of their loved ones displayed as part of the credit union’s lobby decorations. Paper “links” bearing these names will sell for $1 each and hearts for $5, $25 or $50.


Latest Machickanee Players show is ‘Insane’

Russ Johnson and Jenni Fabry rehearse for the February opening of “Insane With Power.” (Contributed photo)

The Machickanee Players’ current production, Scott Haan’s “Insane with Power,” is scheduled for the second and third weekends in February.

Described as a family friendly comedy, the play takes place in the visitation room of a local mental health institution where all the residents believe they are super heroes, complete with various “super” powers. The laughs begin when Speed Demon “runs” around the room backward, Dim Bulb relates how his powers came into being, Kevin sees other people in the room and Mental blurts out whatever random thoughts enter her head.

The comedy will be presented Feb. 9-11 and 16-18 at the Park Avenue Playhouse, 408 Park Ave., Oconto. The cast includes Chris Bellow, Kyle Patrick, Russ Johnson, Travis Rysewyk, Jenni Fabry and Mariah Engeldinger.


Rolling lefse on historical society agenda

Paula Huff and Karl Ballestad will present a hands-on program with a Norwegian theme for Thursday’s Speaker Series event sponsored by the Oconto County Historical Society. The presentation, ”Get Rolling With Paula and Karl,” is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Beyer Home and Carriage Museum, 917 Park Ave., Oconto.

The two presenters plan to demonstrate how to make a traditional Norwegian flatbread called lefse, which is made from potatoes, flour, butter and salt and rolled very thin to produce a tender, delicious Norwegian staple.

The lefse-making process, brought to America by Norwegian immigrants, involves rolling pins, lefse sticks, and griddles.

Individuals attending the program will have the opportunity, if they wish, to roll their own lefse and grill it or offer their support to others as they try their hand at lefse production. Samples will be available to enjoy.


Abrams theater to hold auditions for ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Tap dancers, singers, and performers are invited to open auditions for the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. spring show, “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Auditions will be held 6-8 p.m. Jan. 2-3, at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple Ave., Abrams.

“Singin’ in the Rain” has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline — the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. The stage version includes all of the classic song and dance numbers from the film. For this reason, tap dancers are strongly encouraged to audition.

The show calls for various roles, both male and female, 13 years or older. Individuals who audition should prepare a 2-minute selection of a song to sing. The song should not be from “Singin’ in the Rain.”

A group choreography audition will take place also, so performers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring their tap shoes if they own a pair.


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