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Wed
13
Mar

Trevor Stiede sets his sights literally on the future

Trevor Stiede has his eye on the future — quite literally.

The senior at Pulaski High School is one of almost 200 high school students in the state receiving a $10,000 scholarship from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation this year, being recognized for his excellence in the classroom, out in the athletic arenas and around the community.

“Trevor is a high-character student and is a positive role model who continually leaves an inspiring mark on our school culture,” said Jeremy Pach, PHS principal. “Trevor does much to impress me, and I consider him to be the personification of what a high-quality student should be.”

Stiede currently has a 4.16 grade-point average and is a writer and editor for the Pulaski News. He mainly plays basketball but also is part of the school’s golf team. He has been a class officer for the school’s student council for three years.

“I just really like to help my school that way,” Stiede said.

Wed
13
Mar

OFHS Student Council hosts candidate forum

Oconto Falls School District voters will have an opportunity to meet the candidates for school board during a forum hosted by the Oconto Falls High School Student Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center at the school, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls.

Candidates Tracey Krumrei, Ron Leja, Sharon Stodola-Eslien, and Randy Vann have been invited to share their ideas for the future. Students will be asking the candidates prepared questions to get to know them better and to gain a better understanding of what each candidate plans to do for the school and the district.

Voters will be choosing two board members in the April 2 election.

Wed
13
Mar

Not too late to apply for heating assistance

There is still time to apply for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program in Oconto County. The county Health and Human Services Department will be taking applications until May 15.

Heating/electric assistance is a one-time benefit payment per heating season (Oct. 1 through May 15). It is intended to help pay a portion of a household’s heating costs, not the entire annual cost of heating a home.

Generally, the program counts household income from the three months prior to the month you apply. In addition to the regular benefit, the office may be able to help with outstanding bills or to avoid disconnection of services.

For example, a two-person household with a three-month income of $8,983.75 or less is eligible for home heating assistance, as is a family of four that made $13,211.50 over the past three months.

Wed
13
Mar

Tony Klaubauf named interim Pulaski superintendent

The Pulaski Community School District (PCSD) Board of Education has named Tony Klaubauf 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 has 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 a successor decided not to accept the position.

Wed
06
Mar

Janet Glime honored with Heckendorf award


Janet Glime, left, accepts the 2018 Harold P. Heckendorf Community Service Award from N.E.W. Credit Union’s President Lisa Gilligan. (Contributed photo)

Janet Glime of Oconto is the recipient of the 2018 Harold P. Heckendorf Community Service Award from N.E.W. Credit Union. In addition to a plaque, Glime received a $250 check, and the charity of her choice, the Marinette-Oconto Counties Literacy Council, received a matching donation of $250.

The award, sponsored by N.E.W. Credit Union for the 17th year, is in tribute to Heckendorf, a longtime volunteer board member. A firm believer in the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” Heckendorf was also very active in his church and local community.

Wed
06
Mar

Bellin Health welcomes Dr. Paul Scott to local clinics

Bellin Health Oconto Falls and Bellin Health Peshtigo have added the expertise of Dr. Paul Scott to their health care teams.

Board-certified in family medicine, Scott offers expertise in the following areas: primary care for all ages, from newborns through end of life; osteopathic approach to treatment; asthma management; chronic conditions, including cardiac health, diabetes care and more; back pain; osteopathic manipulation; and several others.

Scott earned his medical degree at Des Moines (Iowa) University Osteopathic Medical Center and completed his internship at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. He completed his family medicine residency at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The married father of four children, Scott is a Wisconsin native with roots near Wautoma. He enjoys bow hunting, fishing and ice fishing, carpentry, electrical work and making maple syrup with his kids.

Wed
06
Mar

Oconto Falls High School to host solo-ensemble festival

Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association sanctioned District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival at Oconto Falls High School on Saturday. During the festival, which is free and open to the public, students will perform vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and small ensembles before an adjudicator.

Solo and ensemble music festivals annually attract thousands of students from middle, junior high and high schools throughout Wisconsin. This festival will draw students from a number of area schools, including Marinette High School, Oconto Falls High School, Oconto High School, Oconto Middle School, Owen-Withee High School, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy and Washington Middle School. Amy Thiel, choir director from Oconto Falls High School, is serving as the festival manager.

Wed
06
Mar

Man killed by Oconto city vehicle

Oconto authorities have released the name of a 70-year-old man who was struck and killed by a front-end loader.

Officials say Ernest Boucher was walking along Pecor Street behind City Hall around 2:40 p.m. Feb. 26 when he was struck by a city-owned loader with a snowblower attached.

Boucher was struck from behind and died at the scene.

Police Chief Mike Rehberg said the loader was not removing snow at the time but was heading back to the Street Department shop.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating and reconstructing the accident, Rehberg said.

Wed
06
Mar

Spirit of Excellence: Pulaski High School recognized with state honor


Michelle McGrath, right, executive director for the Wisconsin Association of School Councils, hands the Spirit of Excellence Award trophy to Jack Walker, center, Pulaski High School student council president, and Macy Agen, PHS student council vice president, at the end of Monday’s awards ceremony at the school’s field house. Besides the trophy and a pair of banners, the school will be recognized at halftime at the April 7 Milwaukee Bucks game and other venues throughout the year. (Times Herald photo by Lee Pulaski)


The Pulaski High School marching band gets the crowd fired up Monday morning as the ceremony for the Spirit of Excellence Award begins. This is the first year that the school has applied for the award, which started 13 years ago. (Times Herald photo by Lee Pulaski)


Officer Adam Winkler with the Pulaski Police Department loads up a T-shirt gun to shoot shirts into the crowd Monday morning at the end of an awards ceremony for the Spirit of Excellence at Pulaski High School. (Times Herald photo by Lee Pulaski)

Pulaski High School has another reason to celebrate beyond the week-long community festival in the village of Pulaski.

The school received the coveted Spirit of Excellence Award on Monday, an award sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, Milwaukee Bucks and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association.

Although Monday was the school’s celebration, the Red Raiders will be recognized throughout the year. Another awards ceremony is scheduled for halftime at the April 7 Bucks game, recognition at a WASC conference April 28, continuous recognition on Fox Sports Network and a promotional spot airing during the WIAA State Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments.

Wed
06
Mar

Blue Bench celebrates grand opening


Chris Rusch opened the Blue Bench Boutique in downtown Oconto Falls at the beginning of February and marked her grand opening March 2. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)


Customers check out the grand opening deals Saturday at Blue Bench Boutique in Oconto Falls. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)


The silhouette of a stylish shopper adorns the front door of the Blue Bench Boutique in Oconto Falls. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The sun shone Saturday as the ribbon was cut for the grand opening of the Blue Bench Boutique in Oconto Falls.

Chris Rusch opened the store at 211 N. Main St. a month ago, offering affordable fine clothing and home decor.

After serving 30 years as bookkeeper at KW Rusch Inc. — owned by her husband, Kevin — Rusch started Blue Bench out of their home about two years ago to gauge interest in the business.

“I ran out of room and started looking for a nice place on Main Street,” she said as customers began to file in to check out the grand opening sales. “I hope it’ll encourage others to open downtown.”

The business grows out of Rusch’s love for clothing and good deals.

“I love boutiques, but not boutique prices,” she said. “I wanted to make it affordable so everyone can have the best clothes.”

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