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School’s video earns a top prize


St. Anthony Catholic School Principal Alex Wolf, left, introduces Charlie Haas and Elizabeth Kostichka of Catholic Financial Life during an assembly to award the school the $2,500 second prize in the insurance company’s Give Back Contest. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

A promotional video for St. Anthony Catholic School in Oconto Falls took second place in a national competition sponsored by Catholic Financial Life.

The second annual “Give Back Contest” promotion, timed to coincide with the national Catholic Schools Week celebration (Jan. 17-25), asked schools to create a one- to three-minute video that shows how the school forms disciples of Jesus, said Charlie Haas, vice president of business development for Catholic Financial Life.

The company selected the 11 finalists from about two dozen submissions, most from the Midwest but also from as far away as Vermont, and then Facebook users voted on their favorites.

“Your community was one of the smaller communities that submitted videos, but your vote total was one of the highest,” Haas told St. Anthony’s students at a special assembly last week.

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Feb

Laurel Kay’s changes hands


Laurel Kay Langley, left, hands the keys to 114 N. Main St. to new owners Santana Kindel and Lindsey DeStarkey. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Forty years and one month ago, the Times Herald featured a story about Laurel Kay Langley, who had purchased Victor Peterson’s Majestic Beauty Salon and renamed it Laurel Kay’s Beauty Boutique.

Now Laurel Kay’s Hair Care, a fixture in downtown Oconto Falls for four decades, is changing hands.

Langley closed the shop at 114 N. Main St. on Feb. 2 and has sold the building to sisters Santana (Wolfe) Kindel and Lindsey (Stadler) DeStarkey, who plan to move their 141 Clips and Style to the new location on March 5.

It’s been a long and satisfying journey for Langlay, who said when Carol Blazek — who also was there when she opened in 1978 — retired, she started thinking about retiring herself.

That was 14 years ago.

“It was the people,” she said when asked what kept her going. “They come in every six weeks or every six months, and they become like family.”

Her last day in the old shop was bittersweet, Langley said.

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Feb

Flu prompts visitor restrictions at hospital

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) has issued visitor restrictions and guidelines at St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and its other Eastern Wisconsin Division medical centers.

The restrictions are a response to the increase of flu cases in area communities. These guidelines will be posted at visitor entrances:

· No visitors under age 12 in inpatient areas.

· No visitors of any age with flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

· Try to limit the number of healthy visitors to one or two people per patient.

It is important to note that this restriction is not in place for a pediatric patient coming to one of the hospitals for an outpatient appointment.

Wed
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Feb

Spring primary election is Tuesday

Voters in one Oconto County Board district have a decision to make Tuesday, and across the county there’s a statewide primary for state Supreme Court, as the field of candidates is pared for the April 3 general election.

Supervisor Ryan Wendt chose not to run for re-election in District 27, which includes parts of the towns of Spruce and Brazeau. The district is bordered by the town lines on the west, state Highway 64 on the north, County Road ZZ on the east, and Yatso Road on the south.

Three people filed in Wendt’s District 27 — Terry Brazeau, David Parmentier and David Rakowski. The top two vote-getters will square off in April for a two-year term.

The statewide primary is for the open 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court with the decision by Justice Michael Gabelman not to run for re-election. Tim Burns, Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock are on the ballot. Again, the top two will advance to the general election.

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Feb

Oconto County Sheriff's Department call logs: Feb. 2-8

Feb. 8

Deputies responded to 49 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — reported in the 10000 block of East Barke Street, Gillett, 6:40 a.m.

Traffic crash — County Road Y just north of Bay Road, Little River, 7:16 a.m.

Harassment — reported in the 15000 block of state Highway 32, Lakewood, 10:20 a.m.

Bad check — reported at an address in the city of Oconto, 11:19 a.m.

Harassment — reported in the 9000 block of Lee Lake Road, Brazeau, 12:47 p.m.

Traffic crash — U.S. Highway 41-141 southbound just north of Brown Road, Little Suamico, 1:50 p.m.

Theft — reported along Cooley Lake Road, Suring, 2:03 p.m.

Traffic crash — reported in the 2000 block of County Road EE, Abrams, 2:58 p.m.

Suspicious — reported in the 6000 block of County Road S, Sobieski, 9:45 p.m.

Harassment — reported in the 5000 block of County Road B, Oconto Falls, 11:34 p.m.

Feb. 7

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Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of Feb. 9

A June 19 jury trial was scheduled for Michael J. Molzahn, 56, Appleton, who is charged with aggravated battery of a disabled person, along with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and making contact after a domestic abuse arrest, all in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Sept. 24. A final pre-trial conference was scheduled for June 7.

Jose D. Villanueva-Morales, 22, Green Bay, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial on charges of felony strangulation-suffocation, along with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred July 24. Arraignment was scheduled for March 16.

Proceedings of Feb. 8

Wed
07
Feb

Living the Dream


Peggy Sawyer, played by Autumn Rettke, smiles as she is complimented by Billy Lawlor, played by Geovanni Virella-Torres, in a scene from “42nd Street,” which is Pulaski High School’s 2018 musical. The show opens Friday and continues through Feb. 18. (Times Herald photo by Lee Pulaski)

Divas, lots of dancing and the pursuit of a dream make up the premise of “42nd Street,” which will be performed four times at Pulaski High School beginning Friday.

The annual musical will make use of some talented dancers and showcase the road to stardom in the 1930s. It is based on the novel written by Bradford Ropes, which the 1933 film was based on.

If the show is familiar to those in the Pulaski area, it should be — “42nd Street” was the first musical performed in the current high school building, which opened in 1999.

Amy Tubbs, the assistant director for the current production, pointed out that this show will be light years ahead of the 1999 show, which she was involved with.

“The biggest thing is our knowledge,” Tubbs said. “When we first moved into this building, we had never used a fly system. The lighting board was more complicated. The sound system and everything was more complicated. We didn’t know much.

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07
Feb

Bill to increase rural school aid excludes Gillett

The Gillett School District is locked out of a bill that would provide a needed state-aid boost to smaller, rural school districts.

The Assembly Committee on Education voted 14-1 Thursday to recommend the bill (AB 835), which would increase funding for the sparsity aid program and increase the low-revenue-ceiling adjustment.

Sparsity aid is a program that helps with funding for school districts with fewer than 745 students and fewer than 10 students per square mile of the district’s geographic area. The low-revenue-ceiling adjustment is a base level for the state-imposed revenue limits that have been part of public school budgeting for about 25 years.

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07
Feb

Job fair aims to attract, increase skilled workforce

Oconto Falls High School is hosting a job fair as part of an ongoing effort to attract and increase a skilled workforce for Oconto County business and industry.

The goal of the SkillsUSA Future Fair is to specialize in trade and vocational employment opportunities in Northeast Wisconsin for students and the community. The fair is scheduled for 1-6 p.m. March 1 at the school, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls.

“There continues to be a widening skills gap and dysfunctional relationship with trade and vocational employment opportunities,” according to the news release from the high school’s technology education department. “Currently, there is a significant increase in fulfilling employment opportunities in trade and manufacturing-related professions with the retirement of many skilled workers.”

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07
Feb

Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

Proceedings of Jan. 25

A May 31 jury trial was scheduled for Renee L. Lange, 46, Oconto Falls, on charges of identity theft to avoid a penalty and identity theft to harm a reputation in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 3, 2017. The criminal complaint states that Lange created Facebook messages that apparently came from another woman saying “I lied” when she accused Lange’s boyfriend of a crime. The phony account was traced back to Lange, according to the complaint. She is also charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place and three misdemeanor charges in connection with the same incident. A motion hearing was scheduled for May 16.

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