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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.

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.

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