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Wed
11
Jul

Decision pending on new Gillett facilities

The Gillett City Council is still working out details of a long-hoped-for restroom and shower facility at Zippel Park.

Informally known as the Trailhead Project because of the nearby trailhead to Nicolet State Trail, the proposal was originally envisioned for a site along Railroad Street across from the old Gillett Meat Market.

City officials are also eyeing a site along McKenzie Avenue across the road from Pat’s Market, where the old volleyball court was located.

A Facebook poll posted on the city of Gillett page at the request of Alderperson Sandra Hubbard, who chairs the Parks and Cemetery Committee, yielded about three dozen responses that appeared to be evenly divided.

Wed
11
Jul

Jared VanHaren earns gold at nationals


Jared VanHaren, a recent Oconto Falls High School graduate from Little Suamico, races the clock to finish his sheet metal project during the SkillsUSA National Championships last month in Louisville, Kentucky. VanHaren is the first Oconto Falls student to earn first place at the national level. (Contributed photo)

Jared VanHaren completed his high school career by bringing home the first gold medal in Oconto Falls High School history at the SkillsUSA National Championship.

The recent graduate from Little Suamico earned a first-place state medal in the sheet metal competition, qualifying him for a return trip to the national competition June 27-28 in Louisville, Kentucky, where last year he placed fifth in the nation.

“We are very proud of Jared’s accomplishments,” said John Bursa, Jared’s adviser at OFHS. “He is a true champion in his dedication to excellence in the sheet metal trade.”

Wed
11
Jul

Boy suffers severe burns in house fire


A Gillett family was displaced and a 12-year-old boy hospitalized with critical burns after a house fire Saturday night. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Gillett community was rallying around a family who was displaced and a 12-year-old boy hospitalized with critical burns after a house fire Saturday night.

Authorities were called to 310 Pulcifer Ave. in Gillett at 10:51 p.m. Saturday for a report of a structure fire, according to a press release Tuesday from Gillett Fire Chief Kurt Hicks and Police Chief Jess Keplinger.

“Three individuals were inside the house at the time of the incident, and there was one reported injury,” the release said. The injured boy was taken from the scene by the Eagle III rescue helicopter. People familiar with the situation said he was in critical but stable condition at a hospital burn center as of Monday.

Fri
06
Jul

Public forum planned on human services issues

The Oconto County Department of Health and Human Services Board has scheduled an open forum for 5 p.m. July 11 at New View Industries, 222 Park St., Gillett, to receive comments and information from Oconto County residents for the department’s 2019 budget process. The public is encouraged to attend.
The department is responsible for advising the county on service needs and priorities for people with disabilities, mental illness, alcohol and other drug abuse, public health issues, the frail elderly, Medicaid and Foodshare, child daycare, child protection, youth out-of-home care and youth justice needs.
The board would like to hear from the public regarding community needs and priorities, the quality of programs, accessibility to services, suggestions for program improvements and any concerns regarding Health and Human Services programs.

Thu
05
Jul

Highway ramp to close next week

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region has announced the southbound U.S. 41 ramp to northbound U.S. 141 in the town of Abrams will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday, July 9, to 9 a.m. Monday, July 16, for highway maintenance.
Oconto County highway crews will be conducting concrete pavement repairs on the ramp. Motorists can use the I-41/County Road D (Sampson Road) interchange south of the U.S. 41/U.S. 141 interchange to enter U.S. 141 northbound. No signed detour will be in place.
Maintenance operation schedules can change due to weather and maintenance crew manpower. For up-to-date maintenance schedules and locations in northeast Wisconsin, visit the highway maintenance traffic impact website at https://projects.511wi.gov/maintain-ne/schedule.

Wed
04
Jul

State school aid estimates released

About half of Wisconsin public school districts will receive more general aid in the 2018‑19 school year than they did for the 2017‑18 school year based on estimates released Friday by the Department of Public Instruction.

Available general aid totals $4.656 billion, which is a $72.75 million (1.6 percent) increase in general aid compared to last year.

In Oconto County, the Gillett School District is expecting $3.805 million, Lena $2.818 million, Oconto $7.8 million, Oconto Falls $11.12 million, and Suring $119,161. Other local districts with county residents and estimated aid are Coleman $2.867 million, Crivitz $559,359, Peshtigo $7.792 million, Pulaski $23.975 million and Wabeno $95,497.

Wed
04
Jul

Veterans memorial is back on front burner


An artist’s conception of a new veterans memorial near the Oconto Falls School District office was distributed to the school board on June 11. (Contributed image)

After being dormant for several years, a proposal to build a veterans memorial in Oconto Falls is back in the forefront with a new design and a new location.

However, some supporters of the original plan are saying “not so fast.”

Bob Maloney of Eick-Sankey American Legion Post 302 appeared before the Oconto Falls School Board last month to introduce the new plan and ask the board to consider allowing the memorial to be built on a 100-foot-square piece of property on Farm Road just south of the district office.

Post members revived interest in the veterans memorial about six months ago, Maloney said. He reminded the board that Marie Magnin raised about $65,000 about six years ago for a memorial to be built on land near the corner of Central Avenue and Franklin Street, a block from Main Street in downtown Oconto Falls.

Fundraising trickled to a stop after bids for the project came in around $120,000, he said.

Wed
04
Jul

Revolutionary bloodlines


Clarissa Webb Temple’s gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oconto Falls is still somewhat legible despite the effects of 138 years gone by. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Editor’s Note: Writer Steve Gehling of Oshkosh contacted the Times Herald with this story of a woman who lived much of her life in Stiles and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oconto Falls. His research into his family ties provided links, through her, to two of the founding historical events of our history – the voyage of the Mayflower and the Revolutionary War – and even to the White House. We present his research as an Independence Day treat for our readers.

My late father and aunt, Curtis Gehling and Judith Gehling Christiansen, had started doing family genealogy in the late 1970s before it became fashionable. I caught the passion to continued their work and have spent the last five years or so gathering vital records and other documented evidence on various ancestors of our family.

Wed
04
Jul

Little Suamico, Chase get their own deputy

The towns of Little Suamico and Chase have approved a memorandum of agreement with Oconto County for the sheriff’s department to provide a full-time deputy dedicated to serving their communities.

The County Board unanimously approved police services agreements with the town at its June 21 monthly meeting.

The agreement is similar to the one recently approved for seven northern Oconto County towns, Chief Deputy Ed Janke told the board.

“It’s the same exact language; the fees with regard to that contract will be shared by the two communities of Little Suamico and Chase, and that was set by administration,” Janke said.

The towns will split the cost of the officer’s salary and benefits, and the county will supply the car and necessary equipment, including radios, soft body armor, and weapons and ammunition.

Wed
04
Jul

County Board works on a mission statement

The Oconto County Board is developing a mission statement built around the core values of accountability, honesty, respectfulness, trustworthiness and dedication.

The board has been spending time at the end of its last two or three meetings defining their values in sessions facilitated by Dale Mohr, the natural resources and economic development agent in Oconto County’s University of Wisconsin-Extension office.

“It came up that Oconto County doesn’t have a mission statement,” Dale said during the board’s June 21 session. “This is part of that process.”

Dale surveyed the 31 supervisors and developed a list of common values that the board reviewed and pared down to the five core values in May and June.

The next step is for Mohr to draft a vision statement to be considered at the July 19 County Board meeting.

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