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Wed
19
Apr

Released sex offender moving to Townsend

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Department has released information about a registered sex offender who is scheduled to move into the town of Townsend.

Duane C. Trossen, 77, is scheduled to be released on April 25. Officials say he will be living in the 16000 block of Forest Hill Drive.

Trossen was convicted in 1970 of indecent behavior with a child and in 2003 of second-degree sexual assault of a child. His victims were juvenile males.

According to a flyer that will be delivered door-to-door in the immediate neighborhood prior to his release, Trossen has served the sentence imposed by the courts and he is not wanted by the police at this time.

“This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public,” the flyer states.

For information, call Sheriff Michael Jansen at 920-834-6900.

Wed
19
Apr

Gillett schools earn state recognition


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Gillett Elementary School has been recognized as a Wisconsin School of Recognition for the sixth consecutive year.

Gillett Elementary School has been named a Wisconsin School of Recognition for the sixth consecutive year.

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers announced Friday that the award, as well as those for Gillett Middle School and Wabeno Elementary School, is among 178 acknowledging success in educating students from low-income families.

“These schools stand out for their efforts to educate our kids,” Evers said in his announcement. “They are staffed by dedicated educators who work with parents, families, and the school community to support the needs of all kids through rigorous programming and attention to student needs.”

Gillett School District Superintendent Todd Carlson said Tuesday that the accolades belong to the teachers, who last year received a special award for achieving this distinction five years in a row.

Wed
19
Apr

‘Alice’ removed from middle school library

A 1971 book purporting to be the diary of a 15-year-old girl who got involved in the drug culture and spiraled downward is being removed from the library shelves at Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls.

The school board unanimously accepted the recommendation of a study group assembled by Principal Stephanie Landreman to review “Go Ask Alice,” originally published anonymously but now said to have been “edited” by Beatrice Sparks.

A parent called the school’s attention to the book because of vulgar language and sexually explicit scenes, Superintendent Dean Hess told the board.

Landreman acted in accordance with district policy that gives her the option to either act on a challenge herself or form a group to study “the appropriateness of the material for age and maturity level of the students, the accuracy of the material, objectivity, and how it’s being used in the educational environment,” Hess said.

Wed
19
Apr

Nature’s renewal unfolds


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Marie Rose and Dick Doeren, of Oconto, have been making the eagle’s nest near Breakwater Park part of their daily nature ride.


Photo by Dick Doeren

This bald eagle and its mate have taken up nesting on property owned by the Oconto Sportsman’s Club near Breakwater Park.

Few sights in nature are as exhilarating as a bald eagle soaring through the sky. For the past year, visitors to Oconto’s Breakwater Park have had an opportunity to see it every day.

In spring 2016, a pair of eagles built a nest in a tree in a swampy area on property owned by the Oconto Sportsman’s Club, not really accessible but very much viewable for people with a good pair of binoculars or a telephoto lens, like Dick Doeren and Marie Rose have.

The two nature lovers weren’t the first to spot to the nest, but they have led the effort to let area residents know what a rare treat is available, especially now that the eagles appear to be getting ready to greet young eaglets into the world.

“We come every day as nature lovers,” Doeren said. “A lot of people come and look.”

Wed
19
Apr

Pianist Winston coming to Oconto Falls PAC

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts will present Grammy award-winning pianist George Winston as part of the 2016-2017 Fine Arts Series at 7 p.m. April 29 in the Falls Area Performing Art Center, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls.

Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, blues and rock (especially The Doors), Winston began playing organ in 1967.

In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also came up with this own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano.

Wed
19
Apr

Auditions scheduled for September play

Abrams Spotlight Productions is holding auditions next week for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” its first PG-13 production.

The 2005 Broadway production won two Tony Awards, including Best Book.

Auditions are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. April 25, and April 26 at the Byng Community Theater, 5842 Maple St., Abrams. Performers ages 15-17, with parental permission, and older are invited to audition.

Nine roles are available, including five men (four singing roles and one nonsinging role) and four women (all singing roles).

Individuals who audition should be prepared to sing a song that is not from the show. They can sing a capella or with a track, or they can bring sheet music and an accompanist will be available. There will also be a group choreography audition, so performers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes.

Wed
19
Apr

Machickanee Players announce ‘Odd Couple’ cast


Contributed Photo

The cast of the Machickanee Players production of “The Odd Couple” is, from left, standing, Nannette Macy, Christopher LaChance, Amanda Bornfleth, Jeannie Young, Denise Markowski and Travis Rysewyk; sitting, director Diane Nichols, Margaret Dakins and Margi Diny.

The Machickanee Players this week announced the cast for their May production of the female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.”

The story line of the play is very familiar to all. Unger and Madison are at it again – Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is – in this contemporary comic classic.

Instead of the poker party that begins the male version of “The Odd Couple,” Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers, but the hilarity remains the same.

The comedy is being directed by Diane Nichols and Debi Wood, with production dates of May 12-14 and May 19-21.

The cast consists of Jeannie Young, Denise Markowski, Margaret Dakins, Amanda Bornfleth, Margi Diny, Nannette Macy, Chris LaChance and Travis Rysewyk.

Wed
19
Apr

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

April 7

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Car-Deer – A car hit a deer on U.S. 41 and Galuska Road, Abrams. The deer busted the windshield. No injuries were reported to the driver.

Suspicious – Caller reported a male subject in a Pontiac with no visible license plate pulled in her yard on Moody Lake Circle, Suring, and stated he worked for Oconto County. He said she had 10 days to clean up her yard or receive a citation and large fine.

April 8

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following;

Criminal Damage – A caller stated his vehicle was spray-painted sometime during the night while parked on St. Johns Road, Suring.

Animal Problem – Caller reported the neighbor’s dogs were loose in the area of Bismark Lane, White Lake.

Fri
14
Apr

Times Herald introduces new editor


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Warren Bluhm was editor of the Door County Advocate for most of the last 15 years and is now editor of the Times Herald.

Wolf River Media has hired Warren Bluhm as the new editor of the Oconto County Times Herald.

He succeeds Joan Koehne, who left after almost eight years at the end of January to open a new business. Scott Williams served as interim editor until Bluhm took over on March 1.

“Joan did a great job building the Times Herald into a strong community newspaper, and we are confident Warren will take it even further,” said Roger Bartel, editorial director for Wolf River Media, which also publishes The Shawano Leader, Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News, Super Shopper and other publications.

Born in New Jersey, Bluhm has considered himself a native of Wisconsin for more than 40 years after graduating from Ripon College. He had a long career in radio news, most notably at WDUZ radio in Green Bay, before joining the staff of the Green Bay News-Chronicle in 1997.

Wed
12
Apr

Falls board gets down to business


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Oconto Falls School Board clerk Stephanie Wijas, left, applauds Monday after swearing in new board member Lisa Peitersen and incumbent Jan Stranz, who were elected April 4. Wijas, who decided not to run for a second three-year term on the board, was thanked for her work during her tenure.

The Oconto Falls School Board scheduled executive sessions for April 5 and again Monday to discuss notices of contract non-renewal for teachers in the event a referendum measure failed last week.

The closed-door meetings turned out to be unnecessary, as the question passed, 1,151-849. A comfortable 57.5 percent of voters authorized the board to exceed state-imposed revenue limits by a total of $11.5 million over the next five school years. The district said the funds are necessary to maintain buildings and update the school bus fleet, technology infrastructure and curriculum.

“We will be working with the administrative team to move forward with deferred maintenance issues, with busing issues, and looking out over multiple years to address these,” Superintendent Dean Hess said. “We did some initial work leading up to the referendum, so now we’ll be able to drill down more specifically as to the district’s needs.”

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