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Wed
29
Aug

Firefighter Bill Grady honored for 50 years of service


Bill Grady, left, is congratulated by Oconto Falls Fire Chief Tim Magnin while Mayor Brad Rice looks on. Grady has been with the department for 50 years. Two other men who also attended the Aug. 21 City Council meeting, Reuben Radke and Jim Moynihan, have volunteered even longer. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

It’s hard to say which is more impressive, the fact that 87-year-old Charles “Bill” Grady is still active in the Oconto Falls Fire Department or the fact that he’s only third in seniority among the local firefighters.
The Oconto Falls City Council honored Grady for his 50 years of service Aug. 21, a week after he was feted by the department.
“I’m not going to give no speech tonight,” said Grady, who retired from the Oconto County Board this spring after decades of service. “The mayor told me not to; he heard my speech last Tuesday night at the fire station, and he didn’t want to go through that again.”
While Grady is the oldest member of the Oconto Falls Fire Department, Reuben Radke and Jim Moynihan top him in years of service.
Radke will complete 60 years of service in April, and Moynihan has been active for 53 years going on 54, Fire Chief Tim Magnin said. All three men attended the City Council meeting.

Wed
29
Aug

City of Oconto Falls will replace Adams Street sidewalks


Concerns about attaching brand-new sidewalk sections to often-deteriorating older sections led Oconto Falls city officials to decide to install all-new sidewalks through the Adams Street reconstruction zone, at no additional cost to homeowners. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The city of Oconto Falls will replace the sidewalks along the Adams Street reconstruction zone at no further cost to homeowners, the City Council decided during its Aug. 21 meeting.
The street surface, water and sewer lines, curbs and gutters are all being rebuilt this summer, and certain portions of sidewalk were already slated to be repaired, but other portions were damaged as construction equipment rumbled through and rolled over them.
WE Energies had already agreed to replace about $7,000 worth of sidewalk that was damaged as its crews installed new laterals.
“The bottom line is we’re having a new road put in with all-new infrastructure, and the question of the council and the citizens is, ‘Do you want to replace all that (sidewalk)?’” City Administrator Vicki Roberts said.

Tue
28
Aug

LeFebres chosen as Dairy Fest Parade grand marshals


Craig and Diane LeFebre are grand marshals of the 2018 Lena Dairy Fest Parade. (Contributed photo)

The Lena Lions have selected Craig and Diane LeFebre as parade marshals for the Lena Dairy Fest Parade, which is scheduled for Sept. 8.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the west end of the village and proceeds to Lena High School.
Craig LeFebre grew up on a farm in the town of Stiles. He graduated from Lena High School in 1964. He began working at a young age for his grandparents’ Ford garage, Foral Motors. He was also an auto body tech for Jacobson’s Ford Garage. Besides serving as a Lena Village Board trustee for 30 years, he is proud to have been on the Lena Fire Department for 45 years, the last 10 years as chief.
Diane LeFebre grew up on a farm in the town of Oconto. She graduated from Lena High School in 1966. She was employed at the Oconto County Courthouse as deputy county treasurer for 40 years.

Tue
28
Aug

Suring set to celebrate Labor Day weekend


The Conquer Suring Hill 5k/10k is swiftly becoming one of the highlights of the annual Suring Labor Day Celebration. (Contributed photo)

Here’s the complete schedule of activities this weekend at the 88th annual Suring Labor Day Celebration:
Friday, Aug. 31
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rummage sale at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 206 N. Burk St.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Friends of the Library Book Sale in Village Hall Learning Center (also Wednesday and Thursday)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Brat fry at Lotter’s BP, sponsored by Suring Area Historical Society
4-6 p.m.: 4×4 truck weigh-in at pulling track
7 p.m.: 4×4 truck pull and food stand, sponsored by Suring Area Antique Tractor Association. Admission $7; kids 7 and under, free.
8 p.m.: Positive Energy DJ/karaoke at beer stand
Saturday, Sept. 1
8 a.m.: Buy-Sell-Swap: Craft sales, rummage sales and more on Ehlinger Street. Free set-up.
7-8 a.m.: Conquer Suring Hill 5K/10K registration
8:30 a.m.: Conquer Suring Hill 5K/10K starts, DJ after
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Rummage/bake sale at Mount Olive Church

Tue
28
Aug

Rezoning approved over citizen objections

The Oconto County Board approved the rezoning of a property in downtown Sobieski on Thursday, but not without objection from some local residents who said the approval process was flawed.
Hugo Rentals & Investment Properties Co. Inc. sought to have two parcels totaling 0.93 acres at the corner of County Road S and Kraus Road rezoned from single-family residential to general commercial to bring an existing trucking operation into compliance with zoning standards and accommodate expansion of the business to include land surrounding an existing tavern, said Zoning Administrator Pat Virtues.
A building was severely damaged in the April snowstorm, and the rezoning would allow for the owner to replace the building and raze a small residence on the site, he said.
The area is mixed use with both commercial and residential properties, Virtues said. The Little Suamico Town Board and county Planning & Zoning Committee recommended approval.

Tue
28
Aug

Surge cuts power to 1,200 in Gillett

WE Energies crews worked into the night Friday after an electrical surge cut power to about 1,200 homes and businesses in the city of Gillett about 12:40 p.m.
Mayor James Beaton said the surge came through transmission lines and damaged a number of meters. The utility dispatched technicians to repair and replace the damaged meters.
”These folks are doing a great job, and we are lucky to have them working so hard on a Friday night,” Beaton said in a social media message to the community.
In the event electronics were damaged, the WE Energies claim number is 414-221-3437, city officials said.

Tue
28
Aug

State OK’s jail policy manual

The Oconto County Jail’s policies and procedures have been approved by the state Department of Corrections.
“In reviewing the manual, the department has determined the minimum policies and procedures have been completed,” wrote Nancy Thelen, detention security specialist, in a letter to Sheriff Mike Jansen that was read at Thursday’s Oconto County Board meeting.
Prompted by County Administrative Coordinator Kevin Hamann, Jansen conceded that Thelen’s letter is a bigger deal than it sounds.
“I was told that in the state of Wisconsin, very few of the counties have completed all of their policy and procedure manuals,” Jansen said. “We are one of the few.” He congratulated his staff and Carol Kopp, jail administrator, for accomplishing in one year what is typically a two-year project.
Jansen said Thelen conducted the yearly jail inspection Aug. 22 and told him the new facility is coming along very well.

Wed
22
Aug

Allen and Gloria Dickson chosen as grand marshals of Labor Day parade


Allen and Gloria Dickson sit with their children and grandchildren. Active for many years in the community where Allen was born, the Dicksons will ride in this year’s Suring Labor Day Parade as grand marshals. (Contributed photo)

Allen and Gloria Dickson have been chosen to serve as the 2018 Suring Labor Day Parade grand marshals by the Town of How, where Allen has lived all his life. He met Gloria in 1962 and they were married in 1964. The Dicksons started farming with his parents in downtown Hayes at that time.
The couple have three children and five grandchildren: Jeff Dickson and his wife, Becky; Tim Dickson and his companion Kris Sieckert, and Tim’s twins, son Neil and daughter Kaylynn and her husband, Brandon; and daughter Stacy Paschke and her husband, Joel, and their children Ryan, Logan, and Danielle.

Wed
22
Aug

Bazooka Joe wraps up 2018 Music by the River series


Johnny Wad Unplugged aka Bazooka Joe performs during the 2016 opening season of Music by the River at the East Side Beach in Oconto Falls. The series is sponsored by the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and its partners. (Times Herald file photo)

The summer sunset music series of concerts will end Friday with an acoustic performance by local band Bazooka Joe, the alter-egos of 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s rock cover band Johnny Wad. The Renegade Band kicked off the series in June, and The Cougars performed in July.
For the third consecutive summer, the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a sunset concert series dubbed Music by the River. Each summer month showcases a different band to perform live music while the community can gather along East Side Beach in Oconto Falls and watch the sunset while enjoying and dancing to the music.
The concerts are free and open to the public. Individuals are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the park or listen from boats along the Oconto River. Food and refreshments will be sold, since no carry-ins are permitted. The show is from 6-9 p.m.

Wed
22
Aug

Authorities seek killer of small dog

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public help in finding whoever shot a small family dog Friday morning in the town of Little Suamico.
The shooting occurred in the 400 block of County Road J around 6-6:15 p.m. The small white male dog, weighing about 15 pounds, was found by the owner in the backyard of his property, which was visible from the roadway about 45 yards away.
The sheriff’s office is asking for anyone with information to call 920-834-6900. The case number is 18-009511.

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