Oconto Falls to stop fluoridation

A 50-year practice is coming to an end after the Oconto Falls City Council voted 4-2 Aug. 8 to stop adding fluoride to the city water supply.

The decision came after considerable discussion, including appearances by four experts touting the mineral’s role in preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.

Mary Rosner, an Oconto County public health nurse who said she was speaking as “a nurse and mom,” said the 1967 decision was an investment in community health.

For every dollar spent on fluoridation, $32 is saved in the cost of going to the dentist, Rosner said. She cited the example of the city of Antigo, which started adding fluoride to its water in 1949 but ceased in 1960.

“After 5 1/2 years with no adequate fluoride in water, second-grade children had 200 percent more decay, fourth-graders had 70 percent more decay, and sixth-graders had 91 percent more decay,” she said.

Antigo reinstated fluoridation in October 1965, Rosner said.


It’s fair time again

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One of the most common reasons people like to visit fairs is to see the animal exhibits, and it’s no different at the Oconto County Youth Fair. Friday and Saturday of the fair are filled with opportunity for fair visitors to observe while judges evaluate how young exhibitors have prepared and trained everything from bunnies and chickens to pigs, sheep, and goats, to dairy cows and beef steers. But it is not only the youngsters that can get into the act. In this photo exhibitors in the adult or open class dairy cattle show line up their entries at the 2016 fair.

Zippel Park in downtown Gillett bustled with activity Monday afternoon. A team from Rent-A-Tent in Denmark was busy putting up canvas; three men from Apple Valley Nursery and Orchard in Bonduel were unpacking a truck and erecting a display; workers walked here and there building a county fair.

A year of planning and preparing has come to fruition as the Oconto County Junior Fair 2017 takes place Thursday through Sunday at the park in downtown.

“It takes four days to put it up but only one to take it down,” Oconto County Fair Board member Gary Petersen laughed as he sorted through materials in the exhibition building. “This will all be gone next Monday.”


Judge to hear ‘cat house’ case

A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5 in Oconto County Circuit Court to determine the future of a condemned Oconto Falls home that once was home to at least 30 cats.

The city condemned Roberta Olshesky’s house at 305 Jackson St. in 2015, but the order to raze the structure has been tied up in legal battles. City attorney Larry Jeske told the City Council on Aug. 8 that Judge Jay Conley will hear the arguments.

“The questions for the judge are ‘Is the building unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation? If it can be corrected, what would be a reasonable time to make corrections?’” Jeske said.

Jeske recently took a tour of the home with other city and county officials and said the house is still not fit for human habitation, but it can be fixed, in his opinion.

If the judge agrees, he should set down a strict set of guidelines to deal with the issues in a timely manner, the attorney said.


Suring plans back-to-school open house

The Suring Public School District has scheduled a “Back-to School-Night Open House” for 4-6 p.m. Aug. 30.

Parents and students in grades K-12 will have a chance to get familiar with classroom locations, meet teachers, find lockers, pay fees and deposit lunch money.

Orientation for students entering sixth and ninth grade will begin at 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., respectively, in Room 300.

Information available for students in grades 7-12 include schedules, resource room and locker assignments.

Student fees for the school year may be paid ahead of time in the Student Office from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by using RevTrak. Directions for RevTrak can be found in the district newsletter.


Lena Lions announce Dairy Fest details

The Lena Dairy Fest, sponsored by the Lena Lions Club, has been scheduled for Sept. 9 at the St. Anne’s Parish grounds on Main Street in Lena.

The day will kick off with the Stampede 5K walk-run at 8 a.m.; registration begins at 6 a.m. The parade steps off at at 10:30 a.m. Other attractions include a farm tractor pull at noon, face painting by Vickie Magee from noon to 3 p.m., and truck pull at 6 p.m.

There will be live music from noon to 10 p.m., starting with the Party Boys at noon, followed by Carlin & Cain at 3 p.m. and Renegade at 7 p.m.

All-day features include a petting zoo and kids events.

All events are free. Pets and carry-ins are not allowed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For information, call Russ Glime at 920-370-8052 or Doug Neta at 920-470-3057.


Man killed in motorcycle crash

A Peshtigo man died Aug. 9 in a motorcycle crash on U.S. 41 in Oconto.

Authorities say Thomas J. Smith, 66, was northbound on Highway 41 when his motorcycle left the road and struck a guard rail just north of the off ramp to state Highway 22.

An Oconto Fire and Rescue crew responded to provide assistance, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident was reported at 5:07 p.m.


Alcohol and other drug work group plans countywide sessions

The Alcohol & Other Drug Misuse Workgroup is planning to host sessions this fall that will be open to all Oconto County residents and organizations.

Two sessions are planned so that the north and south parts of the county are well-served. Information will be given about the status of alcohol and other drug misuse in Oconto County, as well as the numerous related factors identified by extensive community conversations carried out by workgroup members.

Attendees will also be asked for their feedback regarding the scope and nature of alcohol and other drug use, and for strategies that may be used to lessen the results of excess alcohol intake and illegal or otherwise unethical drug use.

Attendees will be asked for their vision of a Healthy Oconto County – one that does not have alcohol and other drug misuse and the related problems such as vehicle accidents, crime, domestic abuse and mental illness.


Oconto County Circuit Court

Aug. 11

An Aug. 23 jury trial was scheduled for Samuel D. Stachura, 37, Krakow, who is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of false imprisonment, second-degree reckless endangerment, and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus misdemeanor battery, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred May 14, 2016. He remains in custody in lieu of a $75,000 cash bond.

A Sept. 25 plea hearing was scheduled for Matthew M. Walgurski, 22, Pulaski, who is charged with second-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred April 30, 2016. He originally pleaded not guilty on March 7.

Aug. 10

Steele J. Roes, 18, Oconto, waived time limits for a preliminary hearing on felony charges of burglary and theft, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred July 12. Judge Jay Conley set the preliminary hearing for Sept. 11. Roes was being held in lieu of $7,500 cash bond.


Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 9

Deputies responded to 45 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Cedar Valley Lane, Suring, 10:42 a.m.

Fraud — West Eagle Lane, Townsend, 2:22 p.m.

Disturbance — Waschbisch Road, Oconto Falls, 2:39 p.m.

Fraud — Poppy Lane, Little Suamico, 4:40 p.m.

Fatal Accident — U.S. 41 and northbound state Highway 22 on ramp, Oconto, 5:09 p.m.

Traffic Accident — East Main Park & Ride, Lena, 5:53 p.m.

Disturbance — Dionne Street, Lena, 8:43 p.m.

Aug. 8

Deputies responded to 38 incidents, including the following:

Traffic Accident — County Roads R and VV, Gillett, 2:37 a.m.

Fraud — County Road ZZ, Pound, 9:19 a.m.

Criminal Damage — East Frontage Road, Little Suamico, 10:50 a.m.

Traffic Accident — Old 42 Road, Mountain, 2:54 p.m.

Trespassing — County Road Z, Pound, 5:39 p.m.

Fire — Machickanee Lane, Lena, 9:12 p.m.

Aug. 7


Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 1

Deputies responded to 52 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A tent was reported stolen from the yard of a residence on North Branch Road, Suring.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a report that a Sobieski resident sent $28,000 to a scammer in Georgia who claimed it was needed for a sweepstakes win.

Power Outage — A tree came down and took the power line with it along St. Patrick’s Road, Stiles. Oconto Electric Cooperative send a crew to repair the damage.

July 31

Deputies responded to 44 incidents, including the following:

Motorist Assist — Deputies helped a couple whose GPS device led them into a large pothole filled with water, leaving the back end of their pickup truck almost completely submerged along Pipeline Road, Mountain. The vehicle wouldn’t start once extricated and was towed to a dealership.


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