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Jul

Christopher Brabant named CEO of Oconto Falls hospital


Christopher Brabant has been named the next president and CEO of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. (Contributed photo)

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital of Oconto Falls on Thursday announced the appointment of Christopher P. Brabant, MBA, FACHE, to serve as the hospital’s next president and CEO.

Brabant succeeds Dan DeGroot, who became CEO of Stoughton Hospital on May 7. Paula Hafeman, chief nursing executive of HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division, has been serving as the interim president and CEO while HSHS conducted the search that led to Brabant's appointment.

Since 2013, Brabant has served as the HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division executive director of surgical services for the Heart, Lung and Vascular Center and Prevea Health Vascular Surgery in Green Bay.

Wed
18
Jul

Dog park gets preliminary OK


This green space along South Maple Avenue in Oconto Falls has been identified by Girl Scout Emily Gonnering as a promising site for a dog park. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

A proposal to explore building a dog park in Oconto Falls is off the leash.

The City Council on July 10 approved the idea being spearheaded by Girl Scout Emily Gonnering for her Gold Award project to create a dog park on city-owned green space just southwest of the bridge near downtown.

The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can attain for completing an important community service project.

Gonnering, a senior at Oconto Falls High School, said her next steps are to get approval from the scouting organization, work out a budget and begin fundraising. The council will have to give final approval for construction of the park once she shows she has enough money.

She went through a lengthy list of rules for the use of the park, including a requirement that owners remove their dogs’ waste. She shared photos from other parks showing double-gated entrances and park benches with the backs designed in the shape of dog bones.

Wed
18
Jul

New stage and concert at county fairgrounds


The band members of Saliva are, from left, Bobby Amaru (vocals), Wayne Swinny (lead guitar), Paul Crosby (drums), and Brad Stewart (bass). (Contributed photo)

Celebrate summer with a historic concert at the Oconto County Fairgrounds in Gillett this Saturday. Multi-platinum rock band Saliva will headline, with opening performances by local band Jamie Fontaine and the Level, Michael Alexander of the Southern cover band Big Whiskey, and Grammy-nominated country artist Rick Monroe.

Starting at 1 p.m. Wisconsin rockers Black Knight will kick off the event at the pavilion, with various concessions and local vendors in Zippel Park. Gates for the first national main stage act at the fairgrounds open at 6 p.m.

Saliva quickly gained popularity in the early 2000s with their double-platnum album “Every Six Seconds” and certified Gold album “Back into Your System,” and were featured in the movie “The Fast and the Furious” as well as Extreme Championship Wresting. With 15 songs on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, Saliva has cultivated a solid fan base with edgy yet catchy rock anthems and high energy performances.

Wed
18
Jul

Memorial Field plans held up a month


A standing-room-only crowd at Oconto Falls City Hall listens to discussion of long-standing plans to build ball diamonds at Memorial Field. A map of those plans is clipped to an easel in the foreground. Much of the crowd wanted consideration of the growing Oconto Falls Youth Football Program, which has used the old high school football field for games and practice. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The city of Oconto Falls has hit the pause button for one month on the future of Memorial Field, the former high school football stadium and track near downtown that has been replaced by ST Paper Stadium at the school district campus along North Farm Road.

The Panther Pride organization, which has been slowly raising funds to convert the land into a complex of baseball/softball diamonds, announced last month it has enough money to get started by removing the obsolete field lights and part of the track.

Members and supporters of Oconto Falls Youth Football packed the council chambers July 10 to try to preserve a piece of the park for their swiftly growing football program.

Wed
18
Jul

Huggett Agency moves to a new Oconto location


The Kevin Huggett Agency office in Oconto is now located at 215 Main St. (Contributed photo)

The Kevin Huggett Agency Inc. has purchased the building at 215 Main St. in Oconto and moved into that location.

Kevin has been an agent with American Family Insurance for 12 years and had rented the 1020 Main St. location in Oconto during that time.

“We have been looking for a location to purchase for some time, and knew when the 215 Main St. location became available it was time to purchase,” Huggett said.

He and his wife, Amy, purchased the location in March and have done a total renovation to the exterior and interior of the building. The new location officially opened on June 18.

The American Family Insurance Kevin Huggett Agency also has a location at 208 E. Main St. in Gillett. The offices serve Oconto, Oconto Falls, Gillett and surrounding areas.

Wed
18
Jul

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of July 13

William D. Marchand, 30, Little Suamico, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over on two counts of felony bail jumping and misdemeanor possession of THC in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred Nov. 21 and Jan. 11. Arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 9.

Proceedings of July 12

An Aug. 27 preliminary hearing was scheduled for Linda M. Elliott, 60, Lena, who is charged with six felony counts of theft in a business setting, in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred from April 2016 through January 2017. Judge Michael T. Judge set a $25,000 signature bond with the condition she have no contact with the Fastop gas station or the alleged victims’ family or residence.

Wed
11
Jul

Bond Foundation donates $30,000 to Nurse’s Nook


Nuala Nowicki launched the Nurse’s Nook program in her role as a Prevea Health school nurse for the Gillett School District, and it has grown into a partnership that also includes HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and two other school districts. (Contributed photo)

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital has announced the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation Inc. awarded a $30,000 grant to the Nurse’s Nook program.

Nurse’s Nook provides aid to children in need in the Gillett, Suring and Oconto Falls school districts. Aid provided includes basic needs items, nonperishable food, personal hygiene products, winter clothing and boots, medical supplies/devices, and vouchers for transportation to medical appointments. These items are kept stocked within each of the school districts throughout the year and given to students free of charge on an as-needed basis. School nurses, guidance counselors and secretaries work as a team to identify the students in need.

The Bond Foundation grant will allow the Nurse’s Nook program to expand into the Lena and Oconto school districts in the 2018-2019 school year, and will allow for the purchase of more supplies to be provided to children in need.

Wed
11
Jul

Storefronts filling up in Gillett


Gillett Mayor James Beaton, left, and the staff at Unique Perfections at the June 30 ribbon cutting. (Facebook/Gillett Business Association)

New business is booming this summer in Gillett.

“We’ve had a number of new businesses open up in the last couple of months, many of them on Main Street, so we’re excited to see that,” Mayor James Beaton said in his monthly report to the City Council on Thursday.

Beaton wielded the ceremonial giant scissors at four ribbon-cutting ceremonies in little more than an hour June 30.

La Mexicana is a grocery store specializing in Mexican foods and products at 102 E. Main St.

Unique Perfections salon and spa at 220 E. Main St., offers hair styling and tanning.

John E. B’s Vienna Sausage stand recently opened at 301 E. Main St.

Apocalypse House, 134 E. Main St., includes the “NEW Museum of Visionary Art” featuring the eclectic paintings and artworks of Norbert Kox, along with Frankie’s Emerald Isle Antiques and a Museum Shoppe.

Wed
11
Jul

Marching in the Rain


A brief deluge midway through the Gillett Fourth of July Parade doesn’t slow down Cub Scout Pack 4035. The temperature was 92 degrees when the parade started, so many of the marchers and crowd members appreciated the shower. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

It rained on the Gillett Fourth of July Parade, but only for a few minutes, and the deluge didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.

The forecast was hot and muggy with scattered showers, and for once the meteorologists got it spot on. It was 92 degrees with mostly sunny skies when the parade launched from the school parking lot precisely at 2 p.m.

There was one dark cloud on the horizon and, about 20 minutes into the festivities, one of those scattered showers broke loose on Main Street.

The floats kept floating, and kids splashed through puddles to retrieve the candy being tossed by the passing trucks.

By the time the visiting Oconto Falls Fire Department brought up the rear around 2:45 p.m., the sun was shining again on newly washed streets, vehicles and paradegoers.

Wed
11
Jul

Flagstar Bank to acquire local Wells Fargo branches

The Wells Fargo Bank branches in Oconto Falls, Gillett, Mountain and Marinette are included in the pending acquisition of 52 branches by Flagstar Bancorp. Inc.

Flagstar announced June 5 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the bank branches in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, with approximately $2.3 billion in deposits and $130 million in loans, along with certain related assets.

“We’re excited to welcome the Wells Fargo employees and customers to Flagstar Bank,” said Alessandro DiNello, president and chief executive officer of Flagstar Bancorp Inc. “Wells Fargo’s primary goal throughout the negotiation of this transaction has been to make sure its customers and employees experience a seamless transition to Flagstar, and we will ensure that happens.”

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