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Wed
03
May

Practicing for Bike to School Day


Photo by Keri Hicks

Halle Fisher and Emmie Kallies use the hand signals that they learned in class while moving through the course set up in physical education classes at Gillett Elementary School. The students were preparing for the Bike to School Day on May 10.

A special course with intersections and street signs was set up last week at Gillett Elementary School, and students rolled around on four-wheel platforms to simulate Bike to School Day, a special event celebrated May 10 at schools across the country to promote healthy ways to get to school.

The course was set up in the gymnasium for students to maneuver through to demonstrate understanding of bicycle safety rules. About 94 students have indicated they plan to walk or bike to school May 10.

In physical education class, the students were taught about bike safety, parts of a bicycle, street signs, hand signals and how to travel correctly on the road.

The local Bike to School Day is sponsored by Safe Kids of Oconto County, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, Prevea Health and Gillett School District.

Wed
03
May

Family displaced by house fire

Donations are being accepted at NEW Credit Union locations for a Oconto Falls area family that lost their home and belongings in an April 21 fire.

Heather and Aaron Trempe were displaced along with their two sons. The couple are also expecting twins in August.

The fire gutted an upstairs bedroom and caused smoke and water damage to their entire home at 7432 County Road I in the town of Stiles, across from Oconto Falls Elementary School.

Fire Chief Tim Magnin said his department was called early in the afternoon of April 21 on a report that the home was filled with smoke. When they arrived at the scene, no flames or smoke were visible from the outside, and thermal imaging equipment also did not spot a fire.

Wed
26
Apr

County voices heard at budget hearing

Oconto County interests were well-represented Friday when the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee held a hearing in Marinette concerning the 2017-19 state budget.

More than a dozen speakers from schools and municipal government in Oconto County were among those who testified during the seven-hour hearing at Marinette High School, alma mater of committee co-chairman Rep. John Nygren.

Several local officials spoke in support of the budget’s provision that increases state categorical school aid by adding $200 per pupil in the upcoming fiscal year and $204 in 2018-19.

“Having adequate resources to assist all students is essential, and the proposed education funding supports this need,” said Lisa Misco, director of student services for Pulaski public schools.

Wed
26
Apr

Winkler named school resource officer in Pulaski

Adam Winkler, of the Pulaski Police Department, is the new school resource officer for the Pulaski Community School District.

The school district contracts with the village for the position. Winkler will replace officer Jim Tinlin, who plans to retire on Aug. 15 after 19 years as school resource officer. Winkler starts in his new position in May and will train with Tinlin prior to his retirement. Tinlin has 25 years of service with the Pulaski Police Department and 40 years total in law enforcement.

Raider, the department’s K-9 dog, will be retired when Tinlin retires. The department is raising funds to purchase a new K-9 dog, and while it will be used in schools, it will not be assigned with the new liaison officer.

Winkler worked with the Forest County Sheriff’s Department for eight years prior to being hired by the Pulaski Police Department in July 2016.

Wed
26
Apr

Top ’bot in the nation


Photo by Joan Koehne

Jordan Sellhausen, from left, Jacob Delzer and Kelton Lepak, members of the 202 Slim Margins VEX Robotics team, pose with their national award-winning robot, nicknamed Darren 2. In the background are the two red trophies and the banner the team won at the CREATE U.S. Open plus the silver trophies the team earned at regional VEX Robotics tournaments this season.

A tightknit group of three boys reached the pinnacle of success in a national robotics competition in early April.

Kelton Lepak, Jordan Sellhausen and Jacob Delzer, members of team 202 Slim Margins, won Tournament Champion and Skills Champion trophies at the CREATE (Competitive Robotics Enhancing and Advancing Technology Education) U.S. Open. The event was held April 6-8 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Slim Margins earned its Tournament Champion victory as part of a three-team alliance that included teams from Appleton and Kentucky. The championship match was held April 8 in a darkened arena, lit only by a spotlight shining on the robotics field.

“The spotlight came on, and I thought, ‘This is real!’” Delzer said. He said the win took a couple of hours to sink in.

Wed
26
Apr

Railroad asks for Hwy. 22 crossing redesign


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

A division of the state transportation department agrees with Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad that this median warning light is too close to the highway and should not be replaced when the crossing is rebuilt next month.

The state Office of the Commissioner of Railroads has begun a study to determine whether a median warning light is still needed on the state Highway 22 railroad crossing in Stiles Junction.

The crossing is scheduled to be rebuilt next month as part of the highway reconstruction project that is taking place through midsummer between Stiles Junction and Oconto Falls. The Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad is asking the state to consider allowing it not to replace the light on the median.

According to the petition from James Pavelski, a grade crossing safety engineer with the state Division of Transportation Investment Management, the crossing has cantilever-mounted (overhead) warning lights in each direction along with a light on the median that were installed under the provisions of a 1999 order.

The median-mounted signal has been struck by traffic and replaced, and it presents a maintenance and safety concern, Pavelski said.

Wed
26
Apr

Schools of Recognition celebrated

Two teachers each will represent Gillett middle and elementary schools Monday in Madison when the state superintendent of public instruction hands out awards to Schools of Recognition across Wisconsin.

Tami McQuillan and Jane Sabrowsky were picked from the Gillett Middle School staff, while the elementary school will be represented by Margaret Nauke and Lisa Phillips.

This is the sixth year in a row that Gillett Elementary School has been named a “Beating The Odds” school, but it’s the first time for the middle school. Secondary Principal Steve Linssen said the staff are “the pillars that have really kept the building running with a lot of transition.”

Wed
26
Apr

Gillett touts ‘opportunities’ for students to learn

The community of Gillett stepped up and said education is important more than a century ago, Superintendent Todd Carlson told the school board last week.

As he reported on efforts by the school district planning committee to develop a “branding” strategy for Gillett, Carlson noted that the district bought school buses to give young people in remote areas an opportunity for education long before the state of Wisconsin made it a requirement.

The committee also found a 1917 commencement speech by longtime board member Walter Smith with themes that resonate exactly 100 years later, Carlson said.

Wed
19
Apr

Released sex offender moving to Townsend

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Department has released information about a registered sex offender who is scheduled to move into the town of Townsend.

Duane C. Trossen, 77, is scheduled to be released on April 25. Officials say he will be living in the 16000 block of Forest Hill Drive.

Trossen was convicted in 1970 of indecent behavior with a child and in 2003 of second-degree sexual assault of a child. His victims were juvenile males.

According to a flyer that will be delivered door-to-door in the immediate neighborhood prior to his release, Trossen has served the sentence imposed by the courts and he is not wanted by the police at this time.

“This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public,” the flyer states.

For information, call Sheriff Michael Jansen at 920-834-6900.

Wed
19
Apr

Gillett schools earn state recognition


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Gillett Elementary School has been recognized as a Wisconsin School of Recognition for the sixth consecutive year.

Gillett Elementary School has been named a Wisconsin School of Recognition for the sixth consecutive year.

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers announced Friday that the award, as well as those for Gillett Middle School and Wabeno Elementary School, is among 178 acknowledging success in educating students from low-income families.

“These schools stand out for their efforts to educate our kids,” Evers said in his announcement. “They are staffed by dedicated educators who work with parents, families, and the school community to support the needs of all kids through rigorous programming and attention to student needs.”

Gillett School District Superintendent Todd Carlson said Tuesday that the accolades belong to the teachers, who last year received a special award for achieving this distinction five years in a row.

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