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Fri
11
Nov

Dialysis center opens in Oconto Falls


Photo by Stephanie Ortiz

The staff of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Dialysis Center at Oconto Falls, left to right, includes Ellie Hoeft, Mary Caldwell, Debra Herman, Karen Femling, Dan DeGroot, Tom Smith, Joanne Adams, Tonja Ramthun and Connie Yost.

The HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Dialysis Center at Oconto Falls celebrated its opening Oct. 26 on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

Jeff Reeves, of Gillett, was one of the first patients seen at the center, which is located inside the Medical Services Building, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls.

“It is wonderful. I used to have to go to Green Bay. The care was fantastic, but I was driving over an hour a day to get there,” Reeves said. “Now I get three hours a day of my life back, and you can’t put a price on it.”

When the kidneys fail, dialysis helps to remove waste, salt and extra water from the body to maintain safe amounts of chemicals in the blood and control blood pressure. The process keeps the body in balance and improves overall health.

Fri
11
Nov

Library’s haunted house full of characters


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The Gillett library’s haunted house included characters, from left, Albert Hansen as the wolf, Cindy Tuschy as Little Red Riding Hood, Kay Rankel as the Grimm, and Bella Matczak as Sleeping Beauty.

The Gillett Public Library celebrated Halloween this year by creating a haunted house inside the Gillett Library Community Center facility for the second year in a row.

Created with a Grimm’s Fairy Tale theme, the haunted house was open the last two weekends in October.

Visitors were able to wait inside the library for their house tour to begin, and were entertained with stories by the library’s new fireplace. A “lumberjack” then led them through the woods that were created in the Community Square, and the Grimm met them inside the house to lead them on a tour.

Each room in the haunted house was decorated for one of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Library Director Kay Rankel and Gary Jaeger of the Friends of the Gillett Library worked hard to get the house decorated, and they already are talking about plans for next year.

Fri
11
Nov

Looking back or ahead? Age is relative

Well, the Cubbies did it; they ended their 108-year drought and won the World Series in pretty dramatic fashion, beating the Indians in 10 innings after being down three games to one in the series.

And one of the heroes of the final game was David Ross, at 39, the oldest man to ever hit a home run in the World Series. So, in baseball, 39 is old!

David Ross is retiring. Game 7 of the series was his last game.

But how old is old? How old is elderly? Merriam-Webster says “elderly” is “rather old, being past middle age.” And my online dictionary defines “middle age” as “the period between early adulthood and old age, usually considered as the years from about 45 to 65.”

So I guess “old age” is anything 65 and older. By that measure, I’ve been old for about 12 years now.

The next question, I suppose, is: When will I become “elderly”? The subject of age is fascinating to me.

Wed
02
Nov

Falls troupe hits the yellow brick road

For over 75 years, “The Wizard of Oz” has won over the hearts of millions of people. Now that same excitement is coming to the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. The musical “The Wizard of Oz” will be put on Thursday through Sunday.

Amy Theil, the director of the musical, who has been directing productions since 2006, called the story a classic for all ages that reminds people of the importance of family and of following your heart.

“I love the chemistry between the characters, and how you feel you are those characters,” said Kussow who has never been in a musical before.

“I love music,” she said, “and I wanted to try something new.”

Among the actors is Makenna Kussow, who is taking the role of Dorothy, and also Camden Jackson, who has been acting since kindergarten and will portray the Cowardly Lion.

Wed
02
Nov

Free program offered for Alzheimer’s patients

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Wolf River Region is offering a two-part session, “Legal and Financial Planning,” for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The sessions planned for Nov. 15 and Dec. 20 are offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association and are free and open to the public. Both sessions will be at 229 Van Buren St., Oconto Falls. Each session begins at 2 p.m.

The interactive program will help participants learn how to make legal plans to fit their needs, including the legal documents they will need, how to find legal and financial assistance, practical strategies for a long-term care plan and government programs that can help.

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.”

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