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Wed
12
Sep

Mass, reception planned for new St. Clare CEO

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital of Oconto Falls invites the community to an outdoor Mass and reception Sept. 20 to celebrate the appointment of new president and CEO, Chris Brabant.

The outdoor Mass, celebrated by the Rev. John Girotti, will begin at 2 p.m. on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. Music will also be performed by local church choirs, and a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will follow.

Brabant began serving at the hospital Aug. 20. He had served since 2013 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.

He succeeded Paula Hafeman, chief nursing executive of HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division, who was serving as the interim president and CEO of St. Clare, following the departure of Dan DeGroot, who now serves as the president and CEO of Stoughton Hospital.

Wed
12
Sep

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of Aug. 24

Logan M. Reinhard, 17, Little Suamico, pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Nov. 1. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Oct. 11.

Proceedings of Aug. 22

A charge of possession of narcotic drugs against Meena Kanwar Briley, 38, Abrams, was dismissed on the prosecutor’s motion.

Christopher D. Wagenknecht, 36, Suring, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct charges, in connection with an incident that took place Oct. 13. In exchange for the plea, a felony charge of strangulation-suffocation was dismissed. Wagenknecht was placed on two years’ probation, during which time he must maintain absolute sobriety, obtain and maintain gainful employment and undergo and follow through with any assessments ordered by the Department of Corrections.

Wed
12
Sep

Atrium senior facilities ordered into receivership

Atrium Health and Senior Living announced Friday that a consensual agreement has been reached with its lender to have a receiver appointed for 32 Wisconsin-based facilities and one Michigan-based facility so that the company can continue to maintain normal business operations until new operators can be identified and positioned to take over the facilities.

The affected facilities include Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls and two Atrium Post Acute Care locations in Shawano.

Wed
12
Sep

Changing of the guard at Maple Valley Mutual


Al Schuettpelz, left, congratulates Chad Schuettpelz on his promotion to president and general manager of Maple Valley Mutual. (Contributed photo)

Chad Schuettpelz has been promoted to president and general manager of Maple Valley Mutual Insurance Co. and was also elected to the board of directors, effective Sept. 1.

Retired President Al Schuettpelz will continue as CEO of the company and remain on the board until his term ends in 2020. He will also continue working in underwriting and loss prevention and serving as a consultant.

Chad Schuettpelz joined Lena-based Maple Valley Mutual as claims manager in March 2014 and became vice president – claims in July 2017. He grew up in the Lena area and graduated from Lena High School. He is completing his associate degree in business management from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. He lives in the town of Ledgeview, near De Pere, with his wife, Lisa, and daughters.

Al Schuettpelz joined the company as a trainee/adjuster in November 1973. He became secretary/treasurer and general manager in January 1975 and had been president since 1989.

Wed
12
Sep

Grants provide educators with tech training


Gov. Scott Walker, left, gets a briefing from Corey Jeffers, director of technology for Oconto Falls schools, about how state Technology for Educational Achievement grants have been used to enhance infrastructure upgrades and related training in local schools. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Gov. Scott Walker stopped at Oconto Falls High School last week to promote the latest round of grants for the Technology for Educational Achievement, or TEACH, program that are aimed at increasing training opportunities for teachers.

The grants totaling $1.4 million include $56,725 for TRITON — the technology consortium that includes not only the Oconto Falls School District but Gillett, Suring, Lena, Bonduel, Crivitz, Oconto, Peshtigo and Wausaukee as well.

“These increases in particular are important because they’re targeted toward rural school districts and rural library systems,” Walker said, “districts with less than 13 students per square mile.”

While that number sounds like a small percentage, it actually embraces almost half of all districts in the state. The training grants were awarded to 196 rural school districts and 172 public libraries. In addition to training grants, TEACH also offers grants for infrastructure and curriculum development.

Wed
05
Sep

Leadership Oconto County is underway

An orientation dinner at Beyer Home in Oconto last month marked the opening of the first Leadership Oconto County class.

The inaugural group includes 11 participants from various walks of life, said Paul Ehrfurth, executive director of the Oconto County Economic Development Corp., in his monthly report to the county board.

Leadership Oconto County is a cooperative effort of OCEDC and the University of Wisconsin-Extension of Oconto County. The goal of the leadership program is to build a pool of citizens with broad knowledge of the ideas, issues and concerns faced by local communities.

“We have a nine-person steering committee, and various members of the committee are responsible for planning and organizing and arranging the events for the particular day,” Ehrfurth said.

The first session is scheduled this week in Gillett, led by Dale Mohr, UW-Extension community, natural resources and economic development agent.

Wed
05
Sep

County Board schedules tour of county

The Oconto County Board of Supervisors has scheduled its annual industry tour for Oct. 17.

The all-day tour is an opportunity for County Board members, both long-term and brand-new, to get a comprehensive firsthand look at some of the private and public sector highlights of the county. The bus departs the courthouse at 8 a.m. with a late afternoon return.

Paul Ehrfurth, executive director of the Oconto County Economic Development Corp., walked the board through this year’s itinerary.

“Our first stop is Marine Technologies Inc., which is a company that moved into Oconto over on Charles Street a couple of years ago,” Ehrfurth said. The business does laminations for high-speed racing boats, he added, the kind “that you would see on ‘Miami Vice.’”

Wed
05
Sep

Great day for a parade


This Fairest of the Fair is a real farm girl: Senior Fairest Danielle Paschke drives the Allis Chalmers tractor towing Junior Fairest Delaney DeBauch. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

For the 88th year, Suring played host to its annual Labor Day Parade, the culmination of a four-day celebration that brought thousands of people into the village.

The spectacle proceeded down Main Street for more than an hour, providing entertainment and hometown charm for all ages.

The Pulaski and Suring high school bands, area fire and rescue units, businesses and nonprofits marched through downtown Suring.

Grand marshals Allen and Gloria Dickson were honored at Veterans Memorial Park after the parade after a performance by the Pulaski High School Band.

Parade organizers posted hundreds of photos from the parade and other weekend activities at the Suring Labor Day Celebration page on Facebook @SuringLaborDay.

Wed
05
Sep

Beaton profile published in trade magazine


Before beginning an Aug. 22 city meeting, Gillett Mayor James Beaton displays the “American Funeral Director” profile written about his dual role as mayor and funeral director. With Beaton are city officials, from left, front row, Alderpersons Nanette Mohr, Matthew Stroik and Irene Drake; back row, Shane Rank, public works foreman; Chelsea Henkel, deputy clerk-treasurer; Ron Anderson, utility manager; and Alderpersons Marie Blaser and Sandy Hubbard. (contributed photo)

The city of Gillett gained national attention this month when James Beaton, Gillett’s funeral director and mayor, was featured in the August edition of American Funeral Director magazine. The trade publication reaches over 10,000 funeral professionals.

Beaton’s four-page profile depicts the events that led the East Coast native to a mayoral victory in April. The article also describes the city of Gillett and Beaton’s dual role as mayor and funeral director at Legacy Funeral Chapels in Gillett and Green Bay.

Patti Martin Bartsche, editor of American Funeral Director, said the magazine seeks to shine the spotlight on funeral directors who are making a difference in their communities.

Wed
05
Sep

33rd annual Lena Dairy Fest is scheduled for Saturday

The 33rd annual Lena Dairy Fest sponsored by the Lena Lions is scheduled for Saturday on the grounds of Saint Anne’s Parish on Main Street in Lena.

The day will kick off with the Stampede 5K walk-run at 8 a.m., followed by the parade that will start at 10:30 a.m. A complete list of the day’s events is listed below. All events are free including admission into the tractor and truck pull. Pets or carry-ins are not permitted.

Five local couples got together 33 years ago to brainstorm ways to bring the Lena community together, and they developed the idea of Dairy Fest, Supervisor Kenneth Linzmeyer told the Oconto County Board on Aug. 23 in inviting the county to the event.

Schedule of Events

Stampede 5K Walk-Run Registration – 6 a.m.

Stampede 5K Walk-Run – 8 a.m.

Parade – 10:30 a.m

Farm Tractor Pull – noon

Truck Pull – Approx. 6 p.m.

Petting zoo – all day

Face painting by Vickie Magee – noon to 3 p.m.

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