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Tue
26
Mar

Oconto Falls School Board candidates share views at forum


Oconto Falls School Board candidates settle into their seats before a March 19 forum sponsored by the OFHS Student Council. From left, Tracey Krumrei, Ron Leja, Sharon Stodola-Eslien and Randy Vann. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The four candidates for Oconto Falls School Board introduced themselves and their educational philosophies to the public March 19 in a forum hosted by the high school Student Council.

“I just want to tell each of the candidates this was the most civil exchange of information that I’ve seen in politics in five years, and thank you very much for that,” said moderator David Honish, CESA 8 agency administrator, as the 40-minute forum concluded.

The candidates were handed eight questions 30 minutes before the forum began, to give them time to consider and prepare their thoughts. Student Council members took turn reading the questions, and the responses were rotated so that each candidate got to go first twice.

Thu
21
Mar

Complaint filed in decades-old murder case


Raymand Vannieuwenhoven

The man arrested last week after DNA tests linked him to a 1976 double homicide is scheduled to make his first appearance in Marinette County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.

Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven, 82, was taken into custody March 14 as Marinette and Oconto county deputies executed a search warrant at his home in the town of Lakewood. Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Thursday charging him with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree sexual assault in the deaths of David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, of Green Bay.

The defendant is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. before Judge James Morrison.

According to the complaint, the couple left their homes on the morning of July 9, 1976, for a camping weekend. They were seen driving through Goodman Park in Marinette County, but that campground was already full, so they headed south to McClintock Park, which was empty, and set up their camping materials there.

Wed
20
Mar

Winter washes away

Mist rises as water crashes through the Oconto Falls dam Friday, March 15, the result of several days with temperatures above freezing and the rapid melting of the season’s thick snow cover. While Oconto County did not experience flooding at levels seen in other parts of the state, swollen streams and rivers heralded the first day of spring this Wednesday. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Wed
20
Mar

Pulaski band plays New York St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Pulaski High School Red Raider Marching Band performs during the 258th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City on Saturday. Photo by Kevin McCormick/GroupPhotos.com

Wed
20
Mar

High school English course changes approved

The Oconto Falls School Board has approved changes to the district’s language arts program designed to improve student writing and expand senior-year course offerings.

Oconto Falls High School principal Jake Beschta reviewed the English department’s proposals with the board during its regular monthly meeting March 11.

Over the past five years, data from ACT scores showed that Oconto Falls seniors’ proficiency in language arts dropped considerably to hover around the state average mark. Five years ago, those scores were about 15 percent above the state average, Beschta said. Writing skills and vocabulary were special areas of concern.

“So the English department as a group asked: What are we currently doing, and how can we help that grow?” he said.

The solutions involve a new writing center and more 12th-grade class options.

Wed
20
Mar

Pulaski names interim superintendent

The Pulaski Community School District Board of Education has named Tony Klaubauf as the district’s interim superintendent.

Klaubauf’s career in education spans more than 35 years. In 2018, he retired as district administrator for the Denmark School District, a position he had held since 2004. He began his career as an elementary teacher in 1981.

The Pulaski Board of Education announced last week it had decided to seek an interim superintendent for the 2019-20 school year. It plans to renew its search for a superintendent in fall 2020.

Superintendent Bec Kurzynske is leaving at the end of this school year. The board’s top choice for her successor decided not to accept the position.

Wed
20
Mar

No hunting signs will go up at Suring School Forest

Even though the Suring School Forest has always been closed to hunting, it has never had “No Hunting” signs posted within its boundaries. That will soon change. The Suring District School Board recently voted to put postings on the property.

Citing safety concerns, board president Wayne Sleeter said it had not previously been posted because it had been assumed that, due to the fact the 160-acre tract is public land, postings were not allowed.

“We really have not had any issues but were led to believe that because it is public land, we couldn’t post it,” Sleeter said. “I live in that area and brought it up (at a board meeting) to see if we could get a legal opinion as to whether we could post it and were told we can, so that’s why we’re posting it now.”

In addition to being used by the Suring schools for classroom field trips, the forest is open to the public. Hiking and cross-country ski trails are available to anyone who wants to make use of them.

Tue
19
Mar

Lakewood man arrested for 1976 double murder


Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven

The man police believe murdered a Green Bay couple at a Marinette County campground in 1976 lived quietly in the area for nearly 43 years, settling in Lakewood with his late wife 17 years ago.

Marinette and Oconto county sheriff’s deputies arrested Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven, 82, on Thursday, after serving a search warrant at his home.

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve announced Friday that DNA collected at the murder scenes in 1976 was matched to Vannieuwenhoven after years of work by investigators and Parabon NanoLabs, a Virginia firm that works with law enforcement agencies to track down suspects.

Wed
13
Mar

Abrams theater to present 'Oliver!'


The cast of “Oliver!” rehearses a scene at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present “Oliver!” on the weekends of March 15-17 and March 22-24. From left are Lisa Weldy, Sadie Smith, Alaina Blaser, Eleanor Finger, Sydney Surber, and Breanna Duncan. (Contributed photo)


Actors of all ages will perform in the musical “Oliver!” on March 15-17 and March 22-24 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. Rehearsing for the show are, front row from left, Sadie Smith, Maria Ronk, Nick Blaser, Gavin Runnerstrom, and Sawyer Norman; and back row, Jorgie Runnerstrom, Jaycie Norman, Alyssa Peterson, and Alaina Blaser.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present “Oliver!” the musical version of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” on March 15-17 and March 22-24.

The story tells of Oliver, a poor orphan and his associates scrambling to survive in Old London Towne.

“This show gives the audience a quick history lesson in the styles and social etiquette of Victorian London, along with the plight of the poor and especially the orphaned or toss-away children,” said ASPI Director Pam Loberger.

The music of the show helps to tell the story, she said.

“The music is dynamic, and at times joyful, at times serenely beautiful, at times seething with danger,” Loberger said.

Oliver Twist, portrayed by Sadie Smith, is the iconic tyke who’s not afraid to ask for more. He remains eternally optimistic that he’ll get his more, whether it be food or love.

Wed
13
Mar

Pulaski High School principal gets Kohl fellowship

Pulaski High School principal Jeremy Pach spent much of the day on March 4 celebrating with his students and staff as the school had received the Spirit of Excellence state award.

When he returned to his office later that day, he learned the school had more to celebrate, as he was the recipient of a $6,000 fellowship award from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Statewide, only 100 teachers and 16 principals received the award for 2019.

“I was kind of shell-shocked,” Pach said. “You don’t expect it to happen.”

Pach said the application process included questions on how the school was closing achievement gaps, the difference he is making in the school and what makes Pulaski High School a unique place compared to other schools in the state.

“We feel pretty strongly about how the flex mod schedule is certainly helping students make good decisions and build responsiblity,” Pach said.

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