Abrams Spotlight Productions volunteers honored

Volunteers from Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. are recognized at the 30th annual WPS Volunteer Awards breakfast, held April 19 in Green Bay. Ali Carlson, left, David Jolly, Debra Jolly and Bill Koehne were nominated for the Aon Arts & Culture Award. They volunteer countless hours to the theater in a variety of areas including set construction, costumes, concessions, marketing, choreography, acting and directing. (Contributed photo)

The 30th annual Wisconsin Public Service Volunteer Awards breakfast on April 19 honored the meaningful work of more than 1,000 volunteers in the community.

“Volunteers play a very important role in making our communities thrive and flourish,” said Karmen Lemke, of Wisconsin Public Service. “Imagine what’s been done in this community because of you.”

Among this year’s nominees were four volunteers from the community theater organization in Abrams — Abrams Spotlight Production Inc. Ali Carlson, Debra Jolly, David Jolly and Bill Koehne were nominated for the Aon Arts & Culture Award by Brigette Finger, ASPI volunteer coordinator.

“I just wanted to recognize all the work that they have put in, not just in the past year, but over the last few years. They deserve to be honored,” Finger said. The awards breakfast was an opportunity to show appreciation for the entire theater family.

Carlson said she was honored by the recognition.


Mail carriers unite to Stamp Out Hunger

Tri-City Area United Way will once again partner with the National Association of Letter Carriers’ national food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, on Saturday.

In May 2017, the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected 75 million pounds of food in one day for individuals and families in need throughout the United States. This was the 14th consecutive year the food drive exceeded 70 million pounds, bringing the total amount of food collected since the drive began in 1992 to 1.5 billion pounds.

Behind those numbers are the many individuals and families whose lives have been improved by the passion and hard work of volunteers. Hundreds of United Way-supported food agencies across the country are recipients of donations, helping to meet a vital community need.


Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

Proceedings of May 4

An Aug. 21-23 jury trial was set for Arnold R. Warrichalet, 55, Oconto, who is charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, substantial battery, and misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred July 15. A final pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Aug. 20.

Christine I. Chilcott, 48, Crivitz, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and with a prohibited alcohol content (fourth offense), as well as misdemeanor bail jumping, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Nov. 29. Arraignment was scheduled for May 17.


One dead after three-vehicle crash in Oconto County


A Green Bay man was killed Saturday night in a three-vehicle crash in the town of Abrams.

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office says Michael L. Slattebo, 39, died of his injuries at the scene.

The crash occurred about 9:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 41-141 southbound at County Road D, the department said. A vehicle had been parked on the side of the road with its emergency flashers activated, waiting for help to arrive for a flat tire.

Slattebo rear-ended the disabled vehicle, and his vehicle came to rest in the traffic lanes without any lights. He then was struck by another southbound vehicle.

Other parties involved were transported to local hospitals, and the crash remains under investigation, the department said. In addition to the sheriff’s office, rescue operations and traffic management were provided by Abrams Fire Department, County Rescue and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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Slow recovery from winter storm

A week after a record snowstorm collapsed the roof, Gov. Scott Walker, center, state Agriculture Secretary Sheila Harsdorf and Deputy Secretary Cate Zeuske survey the damage at Dennis and Leon Gohr’s dairy barn in Sobieski. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Gov. Scott Walker stood in the middle of a barn looking up at the clear blue sky where there was supposed to be a roof.

Dozens of cows munched on feed and rested in their stalls under the Wednesday afternoon sun, watching two dozen officials, farmers and reporters on the tour of the roofless barn.

“We cleared it out so they could use half of the feed alley, and then some of the neighbors came over and tore the rest of it out,” Dennis Gohr told the governor.

Dennis and Leon Gohr are fourth-generation dairy farmers in Sobieski who lost six of their 150 cows April 15 when their barn roof collapsed under the weight of 30 inches of snow. The storm, which had begun April 13, brought what is officially the deepest snowfall in Northeast Wisconsin since 1888.

Walker visited two farms in Sobieski and another in Black Creek on April 25 to see the damage for himself and promote the programs that are in place to help farmers recover from such catastrophes.


Tickets on sale for hospital’s Spring Fling

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invites the public to its annual Spring Fling fundraising event, to be held this year at the Reforestation Camp Lodge, 4418 Reforestation Road, Suamico.

The 13th annual event will feature old-fashioned horse-drawn trolley rides, food, live entertainment, and one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items.

A reception and social is scheduled 4:30-6:30 p.m. A gourmet dinner catered by Chefusion is planned at 6:30 p.m. after opening remarks and a blessing by Sister Annice McClure, with coffee and dessert to follow.

The program, a donation challenge and live auction, is scheduled to begin around 7:30 p.m., conducted by Bill Jartz from WBAY-TV. The silent auction ends and a $500 Wenz Home Furniture drawing is planned at 8:45 p.m., and music by Supernova Hoops Fire begins at 9 p.m.

All proceeds are to be used to turn a patient room at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital into a state-of-the-art place of healing.


The real Rudy comes to town

Dan “Rudy” Ruettiger addresses Lena middle and high school students in a surprise appearance at an April 24 assembly. (Contributed photo)

Lena Middle and High School staff and students were treated to an inspirational message from Dan “Rudy” Ruettiger, the man behind the true story for the 1993 film “Rudy.”

Ruettinger grew up in Joliet, Illinois, and dreamed of playing for the Notre Dame football team even though he was undersized for college football. He overcame the odds and did get into the last home game of his last year with the Fighting Irish.

He is the namesake of the College Football Rudy Award created by the Rudy Foundation and awarded since 2007 to Division I football players who demonstrate what Ruettiger refers to as “The Four C’s”: character, courage, contribution and commitment as a member of their team.

The film starring Sean Astin as Ruettinger has been ranked among the most inspirational movies ever made.


Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

Proceedings of April 27

Bond was set at $10,000 cash for Faith Kaminski, 18, Lena, who is charged with three counts of felony theft and one count each of felony burglary, forgery, and misappropriating ID information to obtain money, in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred Feb. 15 and March 6. In a separate complaint, she was charged with auto theft and misdemeanor theft in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred April 7. The balance of her initial appearance was scheduled for May 17.

Shane P. Hamlin, 23, Pulaski, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over on a charge of possession of THC (second or subsequent offense) in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred March 10. Arraignment was scheduled for May 17.


Fire danger very high in Oconto County

The fire danger remained very high Tuesday in Oconto County and elsewhere in Wisconsin, with breezy and dry conditions causing concern that fires could get out of control quickly.

Over the past week, 141 wildfires had been reported to the Department of Natural Resources across the state as of Tuesday morning, including three in Oconto County.

Fires burned about 0.33 acre along Allen Road in the town of Little Suamico on Saturday, about 0.01 acre along County Road M near Gillett on Sunday, and 0.17 acres in what was dubbed the “Four Roads Fire” near Oconto Falls on Monday.

The Department of Natural Resources was urging people to contact the local fire department, town chairman or other local municipal official to obtain burning regulation information before moving forward with controlled fires.


Rusch is new Oconto Falls council president

Alderman Kevin Rusch will serve as president of the Oconto Falls City Council for the coming year.

Rusch was unanimously elected president during the council’s April 17 organizational meeting.

The council thanked outgoing member George Stuckey for his years of service before Stuckey’s successor, Tim Holman, took the oath of office.

Stuckey said Oconto Falls has been a part of his life going back to 1953, when he competed on the school’s track as a high school student from Shawano. He and his family moved to the city when he was a young teacher in 1962.

“I was going to be here for about two years, three years at the maximum,” he said. “I said, ‘I’ll start here, and then I’m going to head for the big city.’ Within two years, I was saying, ‘Why would I want to go anywhere?’” he asked. “You couldn’t ask for a better situation, in my book, to live in.”


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