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14
Dec

Kingdom Come Food Pantry expands space


Frank Schmechel of the Facilities Support Committee at Kingdom Come Food Pantry is among more than 100 volunteers who give their time and energy to the pantry that serves area families. (Contributed photo)

Thanks to a major donation from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation, an expansion project is underway at the Kingdom Come Food Pantry in Oconto Falls.

The project will enlarge the client registration and waiting areas at the pantry on North Locust Street. The current area is crowded and doesn’t offer much in the way of comfort or privacy for the families the organization serves, said Cathy Dugan of the pantry’s publicity committee.

The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of December, and the pantry remains open during the construction, she said.

The nonprofit pantry was started in 2005, and the space was originally designed with a goal of serving 50 families a week in mind. The growing need has reached the point where about 250 families (725 people) now receive weekly assistance.

The current space seats about 20 people, so many clients are forced to stand while they are waiting for services.

Thu
14
Dec

Clock Church presents Christmas cantata

St. John’s Lutheran Church (the “Clock Church”), 101 W. Main St., Gillett, presents its annual Christmas cantata at four performances starting Tuesday.

“Noel – Night of Everlasting Love” is a 45-minute festive Christmas celebration to be performed by a local ecumenical choir at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Dec. 21 and Dec. 27. There is also a performance on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. A cantata is a musical celebration with a narrator instead of characters.

Featured in this production are Gary Anderson, Kayla Blumreich, Micki Carlson, Sue Collins, Jason Fenendael, Jenny Fenendael, Tricia Fischer, Derek Hanson, Carol Jossie, Scott Kaczmarek, Darlene Kapelke, Patti Konkle, Joe Quade, Patty Stabbe, Nancy Stark, Chique Tousey-Tabar, Ann Wasmund, Cathy Wocking and Alex Young. The production is directed and narrated by Wayne Strei, and Dan Wright is the sound technician.

Thu
14
Dec

Snowy owls are back in Oconto


Snowy owls, like this one on the splinter causeway at the Oconto Breakwater Park on Nov. 15, bring with them a sense of the exotic, mysterious and magical. (Photo by Dick Doreen)

Lucky us, snowy owls are back in Oconto. Upon learning from Dick Doeren of Oconto that he had seen a snowy owl at the Oconto Harbor, we headed out there.

We were thrilled to see one snowy owl on our first trip, and three on our second trip to the harbor Nov. 20. Doeren reported seeing a total of seven during one of his recent visits to the harbor.

We saw the owls on top of the breakwater, spaced some distance apart, sitting tall — their heads swiveling back and forth, surveying their new kingdom for their next meal. The owls were mottled black and white, indicating they are juveniles or possibly females.

Adult males are all white, and adult females are white with black bars on their wings. They have round heads and strikingly yellow, cat-like eyes. These magnificent birds come all the way from their Arctic home to spend the winter among us, bringing with them a sense of the exotic, mysterious and magical.

Thu
14
Dec

Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

Proceedings of Dec. 7

Jim K. Xiong, 22, Schofield, pleaded no contest to possession of THC with intent to deliver and bail jumping, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Dec. 6, 2016, and a second count of bail jumping for failing to appear in court June 8. Judge Jay N. Conley scheduled sentencing for Jan. 23.

Jack Ryan Martin, 39, Iron Mountain, Michigan, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to manufacture of amphetamine with the intent to deliver (second or subsequent offense) in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Jan. 30. A pre-trial conference was scheduled for Jan. 11.

Christopher D. Wagenknecht, 36, Suring, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to face a felony charge of strangulation-suffocation, along with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct charges, in connection with an incident that allegedly took place Oct. 13. Arraignment was scheduled for Dec. 14.

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14
Dec

Oconto County Sheriff's Department: Dec. 1-7

Dec. 7

Deputies responded to 38 incidents, including the following:

Traffic crash — State Highway 32 north of East Anderson Lake Drive, Breed, Stefanie S. Strege, 35, Lakewood, crossed center line into a driveway, struck a power pole and utility box, no injuries, three citations, 2:15 a.m.

Fire — 8000 block of state Highway 32, Maple Valley, 9:39 a.m.

Animal neglect — reported in the 6000 block of County Road D, Abrams, 10:33 a.m.

K-9 deployment — 200 block of West Main Street, Gillett, 10:58 a.m.

Theft — reported in the 400 block of Arbutus Avenue, Oconto, 10:32 a.m.

Threatening — reported in the 10000 block of state Highway 32, Breed, 11:31 a.m.

Fire — reported in the 6000 block of Blue Grouse Trail, Sobieski, 11:41 a.m.

Disturbance — reported in the 300 block of Chicago Street, Oconto, 2:56 p.m.

Dec. 6

Deputies responded to 34 incidents, including the following:

Thu
14
Dec

RFD-TV show spotlights Suring FFA

The Suring FFA Chapter from Suring High School will be showcased this weekend on “This Week in Agribusiness.” The weekly, one-hour agri-news television program is hosted by two of the country’s most well-known farm broadcasters, Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson.

The Suring FFA Chapter Tribute will include information about the chapter’s history, activities and community service. It will also include several photos of the students and their participation in chapter activities.

Viewers can see the Suring FFA Chapter Tribute during “This Week in Agribusiness,” which is aired on RFD-TV, a 24-hour television network for rural America. RFD-TV is carried on Dish Network channel 231 and Direct TV channel 345, as well as a number of other cable systems.

“This Week in Agribusiness” airs four times on RFD-TV throughout the weekend: 7 a.m. Saturday; 5 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday; and 5:30 a.m. Monday.

Thu
14
Dec

Digestive health care specialist joins St. Clare


Dr. Olaitan Adeniji

Prevea Health now offers digestive health care with Dr. Olaitan Adeniji at the Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center – Medical Services Building, 835 S. Main St., on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

Adeniji offers a variety of key services including: colonoscopy and upper endoscopy to diagnose and treat various conditions; colon cancer screening; diagnosis and treatment of esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, biliary and bowel disorders, as well as colon polyps, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, gastroesophageal reflux disease and ulcer disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome.

He performs colonoscopies and other digestive health procedures at the Oconto Falls hospital and works collaboratively with Dr. Richard McNutt of the St. Clare Regional Surgery Center.

Thu
07
Dec

‘Cat house’ may escape wrecking crew

A Gillett man has purchased the Oconto Falls house that was condemned because of a cat infestation and says he intends to make full repairs.

“I expect it’ll take four, five months to get everything out of there, cleaned up, and decide what we’re going to do,” Guy Farvour told the Oconto Falls City Council on Nov. 30.

Farvour said he closed on the house at 306 Jackson St. on Nov. 29 and immediately got to work gutting and cleaning out the structure.

“We’re getting everything out, the drywall, everything,” he said.

Oconto County Judge Jay N. Conley issued a written decision Sept. 25 requiring Roberta Olshesky to comply with the city’s repair-or-raze order, which she had fought since it was issued in July 2016.

The unoccupied house first came to the city’s attention when around 30 cats were found living there and removed in October 2015. The house reeked of cat feces and urine, and mold also was discovered later.

Thu
07
Dec

Oconto Falls City Council passes 2018 spending plan


Oconto Falls City Hall (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Oconto Falls City Council on Thursday passed a 2018 budget that includes $2.35 million in general fund expenditures.

The city intends to fund three projects with long-term debt — a reconstruction of Adams Street for $400,000, sidewalk improvements for $50,000 and a new tractor for $36,000.

Police Chief Brad Olsen told the council that he received final notification that a grant that would have funded a new officer did not come through.

The Community Oriented Policing Services program through the U.S. Department of Justice only was able to fund about 16 percent of the grant applications this year, Olsen said.

“A lot of it is going to big-city departments right now,” he said.

The budget does include funds to promote an officer to an investigator position. The city’s personnel committee plans to discuss department staffing early in the new year in an attempt to find Olsen more help.

Thu
07
Dec

Gillett to act on 2018 city budget


Gillett City Hall (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Gillett City Council is set to act Thursday on a 2018 city budget that calls for $1.25 million in spending for the coming year.

The council’s parks committee is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. to discuss park rental policy, forms, maps and fees for 2018. The public hearing for the budget is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and the budget vote will be taken during the council’s regular monthly meeting that starts at 6 p.m. All of the meetings are at the Gillett Municipal Building, 150 N. McKenzie Ave.

Major projects for the year include reconstruction of Birch Avenue and Richmond Avenue/First Street including water and sewer lines. At a public hearing Nov. 13, city officials said the three-month Birch Avenue project would close the roadway between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. Existing curb, gutter and sidewalk will be removed and replaced, along with new water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer.

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