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Tue
20
Nov

Lifelong resident celebrates 100 years


Arnold Anderson Sr. of Oconto Falls celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 11. (Contributed photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Arnie Anderson of Oconto Falls turned 100 years old on Nov. 11, and the family celebrated with a birthday party at Romy’s Holiday Inn at Kelly Lake. The family also assembled this biography of a man who has lived in and served Oconto Falls all his life:

What does a child do for entertainment when there is no TV, no computer, and no smartphone?

Arnold W. Anderson Sr. can tell you what life was like growing up in the 1900s. He was born Nov. 11, 1918, the third of seven children for Anton and Astrid (Nelson) Anderson. He still lives less than a mile from the home where he grew up in the area then known as Swede Town.

Tue
20
Nov

Meeting set to discuss veterans monument


A fundraising campaign about four years ago raised $65,000 toward the cost of a veterans park at this site along Central Avenue in Oconto Falls. Some question why a veterans group is eager to build instead at a site next to the Oconto Falls School District offices on Farm Road. (Times Herald file photo)

Oconto Falls Superintendent Dean Hess is scheduled to meet Monday with representatives who want to erect a veterans monument just south of the school district office, to discuss the terms for the use of the land.

But members of the Oconto Falls School Board seem to be increasingly uncomfortable about being in the middle of a disagreement over where the monument should be located. And the idea of putting the matter to the people in a referendum is gaining traction.

Some members of Eick-Sankey American Legion Post 302 approached the board earlier this year seeking approval to put the monument to local veterans on school district property after a request to place it in Woodlawn Cemetery was declined.

The monument would be built in part using funds raised several years ago for a veterans monument on city property along Central Avenue, said the group, which plans to raise additional funds.

Tue
20
Nov

Whitelaw man dies after rollover

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office says a driver was killed Monday morning in a vehicle rollover at U.S. 141 and state Highway 22 in the town of Stiles.

According to a press release Monday afternoon, the department received a call at 9:34 a.m. that a vehicle had left the roadway and ended up rolling down the embankment toward the on-ramp to southbound U.S. 141. The sheriff’s office responded to the scene along with Oconto Falls Ambulance and Lena Fire Department, with assistance of emergency services from Oconto Falls Fire Department.

The driver, a 62-year-old man from the Whitelaw area, was found unresponsive in the vehicle. Oconto Falls Ambulance along with assistance from County Rescue transported the man to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Tue
20
Nov

County goes Lean for greater efficiency

The Oconto County Board heard Nov. 8 how four Continuous Improvement projects are making county departments more efficient in working with their external and internal customers.

Continuous Improvement, also known as Lean, is a methodology that identifies ways to streamline everyday processes and reduce wasted time.

Kevin Hamann, the county’s administrative coordinator, said CESA 8 personnel have been helping to review and upgrade processes in health and human Services, maintenance and his own office.

The board got a report from Lisa Sherman, business manager for health and human services, about the department’s study of the clinical intake process, from when a person first calls or comes to the office until the time they meet a counselor.

Over the years, the intake had morphed into a lengthy, cumbersome process that was not very client-focused or client-friendly, which they discovered when they mapped it out, Sherman said.

Tue
20
Nov

Generally passing grades or better for area schools

Area school districts generally fared well in their annual “report cards” from the state Department of Public Instruction, a measure of how students scored in standardized tests. Overall, the Gillett and Suring school districts exceeded expectations, according to the DPI, and Lena and Oconto Falls met the expectations.

An increasing percentage of public and private schools and public school districts met expectations on report cards issued for the 2017-18 school year compared to the prior year, the DPI announced. Overall, 83.7 percent of rated schools meet or exceed expectations, as did 96.4 percent of the state’s 422 public school districts.

Tue
20
Nov

City budget public hearing is Tuesday

The annual public hearing on next year’s City of Oconto Falls budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 27) at City Hall, 500 N. Chestnut Ave.

The city is limited to a property tax levy increase of $50,774 under state-imposed revenue limits, city officials say. The proposed levy of $1,007,009 stays within that limit.

The city’s 2019 budget has general fund revenues and expenditures of $2,564,311 and $195,192 for capital projects. The largest capital expenditure is about $142,000 for new street department equipment; $26,000 is allocated for sidewalk improvements, less than half the 2018 budget.

Aldermen plan to meet after the public hearing to consider passing the 2019 budget as well as the city’s proposed fee schedule for the new year.

Wed
14
Nov

New county board member sworn in

Former Abrams Town Board supervisor Tim Cole took the oath of office Thursday as the newest member of the Oconto County Board.

Cole succeeds Vernon Zoeller, who stepped down in September after 17 years for health and family reasons. He will fill Zoeller’s unexpired term through April 2020.

“Glad to be here; I’m happy to serve. I’ll learn the system here and hope everything works out,” Cole told his new colleagues after being sworn in by County Clerk Kim Pytleski.

He will represent District 8, which covers parts of the towns of Abrams and Pensaukee.

Wed
14
Nov

Suring School District electors approve tax levy

At the annual district meeting held Oct. 22, the electors of the Suring School District approved a budget of $6,344,456. The tax levy was set at $4,491,469 for the purpose of defraying the cost of the operation and maintenance in Fund 10 General Operation and $7,062 for Fund 80 Community Service for the 2018-19 school year.

The general levy (Fund 10 and Fund 80) will require an estimated mill rate of $7.10 per $1,000 of assessed value on the October 2018 recertified equalized valuation of $633,409,510. The owner of a property valued at $100,000 can expect a tax bill that includes $710 for Suring School District purposes.

Wed
14
Nov

Oconto Falls, Gillett receive school safety grants

The Oconto Falls and Gillett school districts have been awarded part of the second round of safety grants that the state Department of Justice has distributed this fall.

Oconto Falls received a grant of $95,537, and Gillett received $28,923. They are among 549 grants that have been awarded across the state as part of the School Safety Grant Program.

“We will continue to work with the DOJ,” Oconto Falls Superintendent Dean Hess told his district’s school board. “Those dollars will be primarily put toward training for staff relative to mental health, and then some will be utilized from dollars that we weren’t able to cover all the items from the first round.”

Gillett Superintendent Todd Carlson briefed his school board on some of the projects that the two grants will cover.

Wed
14
Nov

Gillett Fire Department gets pumper

The Gillett Fire Department is getting a new rescue pumper — or, to be precise, the department is getting a less-old rescue pumper.

The City Council on Thursday approved the purchase of a 1992 Seagrave rescue pumper for $27,500, minus a $4,000 trade-in allowance for the department’s 1985 Ford pumper, for a net cost of $23,500.

Fire Chief Kurt Hicks said the older truck only had room to seat three firefighters, while the Seagrave is a six-seater. Firefighters who couldn’t fit into the Ford had been riding to fire scenes in an old utility truck.

“Seagrave is a good name,” Hicks said after the council meeting. “It’s also an upgrade year-wise, and we can eliminate the utility truck. That’s going up for sale.”

The city is buying the pumper from Fire Unlimited LLC of Appleton.

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