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Marvin Whitehouse retiring from Northport Marine


Celebrating Marvin Whitehouse’s 48-year career with MirroCraft Boats are, from left, Tage Klein, vice president of manufacturing; Whitehouse; Jason Blazek, chief financial officer; Tim Allen, vice president of sales; and Mike Belongia, president. (Contributed photo)

MirroCraft Boats by Northport Marine of Gillett has announced that after 48 years in the marine industry, Marvin Whitehouse is retiring.

Whitehouse started his tenure with the Mirro Aluminum Co. right out of high school, building MirroCraft boats in Manitowoc. He left for a short period to serve his country, then returned in 1972 to Mirro Aluminum, where he held many positions within the company.

In 1982 when MirroCraft Boats was moved to Gillett, Whitehouse made the decision to move his family with the company.

His commitment and dedication to Northport Marine led him to play an important role in the growth and success of the organization. For many years, he was instrumental in new product development as well as production management.

The company would like to congratulate Whitehouse and wish him well in his retirement.

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Apr

Communities gather Tuesday for annual town meetings

A tradition that forms one of the building blocks of democracy is due to be repeated April 17, the third Tuesday in April, as towns across Oconto County and Wisconsin hold their annual meetings.

Each meeting is a gathering of all electors who live in their respective towns; electors are eligible voters of the community.

An annual town meeting may transact any business over which a town meeting has jurisdiction. According to a fact sheet prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, attendees may act directly on certain matters, delegate powers to the Town Board or authorize appropriation of funds for special purposes.

Among their direct powers are the authority to levy taxes to be spent by the town, fix compensation for town offices, combine certain town offices (such as clerk and treasurer) or make certain town offices part-time positions.

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Apr

New law allows tribal ID for voting, other purposes

Gov. Scott Walker last week signed a new law co-authored by state Rep. Jeffrey Mursau that allows the use of tribal identification cards for a variety of purposes.

Mursau, R-Crivitz, and state Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, shepherded the bill through the Legislature in response to discussions by the Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations, which Mursau chairs.

Senate Bill 488 allows the use of tribal identification cards for picking up prescription medications, purchasing alcohol, purchasing cigarettes or tobacco products, selling scrap, selling antiques, and selling secondhand articles to a pawnbroker.

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Gillett School District looks for community input

The Gillett School District is sending a community survey to all residents and parents to gather input regarding future planning. The School Board Planning Committee, made up of community members, parents, staff and school board members, worked with the private company School Perceptions LLC to accomplish this. School Perceptions is an independent educational research firm that will conduct the survey and ensure all responses are kept confidential.

During the first week in April, that survey should have arrived in the mailboxes of everyone who lives in the Gillett School District. In addition to paper copies, parents and staff received surveys in an email. If residents and parents did not get the survey, they are encouraged to contact Lynda Zeitler in the district office at 920-855-2137 to get a copy.

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Apr

First responders recognized for life-saving work


The Eagle III rescue helicopter lands on the highway near the intersection of state Highways 32 and 22 on Feb. 5, responding to a report that a man had suffered a gunshot wound. (Contributed photo)

The state Justice Department has recognized three local law enforcement personnel whose quick action and teamwork saved a life Feb. 5.

Cited were Oconto Falls Police Officer Jamie Kuhn, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Paul Hartrick and Oconto County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Mason, who were the first to respond after a man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest near the intersection of state Highways 32 and 22.

Kuhn, Hartrick and Mason immediately began lifesaving measures and attempted to stabilize the wounded man. Later, medical director Dr. Steven Stroman commended the officers on the initial care and the application of special occlusive dressings that had not been previously used by law enforcement in this capacity.

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Apr

Todd Skarban formally launches sheriff campaign

Oconto County Sheriff’s Deputy and K-9 handler Todd Skarban made it official this week: He is running for sheriff.

Skarban, who has had a “Todd Skarban for Oconto County Sheriff” page on Facebook since the beginning of the year, released a formal announcement of his candidacy for the post held the last 16 years by retiring Sheriff Mike Jansen.

“I have spent the last 20 years of my adult life preparing to be your Oconto County sheriff,” he said in his announcement. “I have spent a majority of my career with the Sheriff’s Office following strong role models within Oconto County. Many have played an important role molding me into the man I am today. Some have taught me and coached me; others have supervised me and prayed with me; and, many have impacted me on a personal level, for which I am extremely grateful.”

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04
Apr

Crosswalk preserves memories of Good Friday


Participants in the Crosswalk event on Good Friday proceed from Gillett High School. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Local Christians carried four crosses through the city of Gillett in the annual Crosswalk observance just after noon on Good Friday.

The ecumenical event goes back several decades in Gillett and was revived about 15 years ago by the Rev. Paul Carlson, pastor at Hillside Assembly of God.

Starting at the high school, the group made three other stops with Scripture readings and prayers led by Carlson, Bill Gruenstern of Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Valley, retired pastor Richard Druckrey, and Kent Wallace of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The readings from the Gospel of Matthew recounted the last days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the resurrection celebrated Easter Sunday.

The group stopped at Tabor United Methodist Church and Gillett City Hall before finishing at St. John’s for a luncheon. A community Good Friday worship service was held at the Clock Church on Friday evening.

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Apr

Changes on the County Board

By the time you read this week's print edition of the Times Herald, the new members of the Oconto County Board of Supervisors had been chosen.

Voters on Tuesday were choosing successors to seven supervisors whose collective experience totaled more than a century. March 22 was the last board meeting for supervisors Lee Rymer, Bill Grady, Ron Korzeniewski, Robert Reinhart and Ryan Wendt.

Supervisor Mary Lemmen, who served 24 years on the County Board, died in October, and Gerald Beekman, whose nearly 40 years of service made him the most senior board member, died Dec. 29. Supervisor Tim O’Harrow was appointed to fill the rest of Lemmen’s term and was running for election in his own right, while Beekman’s seat was left vacant.

Rymer is retiring after 31 years on the board, including a record 19 years as chairman.

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Apr

Jake Beschta top candidate for OFHS principal

Oconto Falls School District officials have named Jake Beschta as the top candidate to be their new high school principal when Bruce Russell retires at the end of this school year.

Beschta currently serves as an associate principal and athletic/activities director in the Sheboygan Falls School District.

“We are extremely excited to have Mr. Beschta join our team. His dedication to school improvement, leadership style, and successful experience earning the respect of those around him embodies the very essence of our district,” Superintendent Dean Hess said in making the announcement. “Jake will undoubtedly provide additional opportunities to further the growth of both staff and students at the high school. I believe that Mr. Beschta can assist us in our implementation of excellence in education.”

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Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

Proceedings of March 28

Mark A. Gerow, 55, Mountain, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of altering or removing a vehicle ID number, and two misdemeanor charges of theft of movable property valued at less than $2,500, in connection with incidents that occurred July 20, Aug. 5 and Oct. 19. Sentencing was scheduled for May 15.

A $1,000 signature bond was set for Eric Allen Rein, 46, Suring, who is charged with possession of THC (second or subsequent offense) and misdemeanor driving while revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 26. Conditions of his bond include maintaining absolute sobriety. His initial appearance was adjourned to April 12.

Proceedings of March 26

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