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All together ooky


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Kiana Van Dornick and Peter Murphy play the iconic roles of Morticia and Gomez in “The Addams Family Musical” this weekend at Gillett Secondary School.

As the cast of the upcoming Gillett School District production of “The Addams Family Musical” rode a float in the Gillett Fourth of July Parade, the familiar music from the 1960s TV comedy played, and the crowd snapped their fingers in time.

“We were going “Da-da-la-DUMP, Da-da-la-DUMP,” and everybody along the way was doing it and snapping their fingers along with us,” said director Wayne Strei, a testament to the enduring popularity of the show based on Charles Addams’ creepy and kooky cartoons.

After weeks of rehearsals, the show goes on this weekend, with a cast of present and former students from Gillett and Oconto Falls high schools.

“Gillett being a small school, we open the production to neighboring communities because we just don’t have the people to be able to do these larger-scale musicals,” Strei said.

That continues a practice of the schools working together during summer productions in recent years.

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Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

July 20

Deputies responded to 52 incidents, including the following:

Property Damage — Authorities investigated after someone threw asphalt through the window of a rental property along County Road J, Abrams.

Burglary — Authorities investigated a break-in to a cottage and garage along Martha Lane, Crivitz.

July 19

Deputies responded to 59 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities investigated the theft of about $300 worth of wiring from a new home being remodeled on Military Road, Lena. The couple doing the work noticed their nail gun missing a few weeks ago, as well.

Burglary — Neighbors contacted a Milwaukee man to let him know the chain on his gate was cut and the doors to his garage and cabin were kicked in along Silver Hill Road, Mountain.

Property Damage — Authorities received three reports of mailboxes being damaged along County Road J, Little Suamico.

July 18

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Oconto County Circuit Court

July 21

Following a preliminary hearing, Jake J. Gordon, 17, Oconto, was bound over for trial on two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of false imprisonment in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred May 1, 2014, and May 14 of this year. Arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 10. Gordon is being held on $25,000 cash bond. Judge Michael T. Judge denied a motion to reduce bail.

James L. Nerenhausen, 19, Oconto, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial on a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Dec. 23, 2016. He is charged as a repeat offender. Arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 10.

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Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

July 11

Deputies responded to 36 incidents, including the following:

Criminal Mischief — The Townsend post office reported that someone took a priority mail bag and filled it with feces, leaves and a piece of asphalt, and put it in the collection box. Envelopes and boxes also were dumped all over the lobby.

Fire — Authorities responded to a report of a dump truck on fire on Klaus Lake Road north of Gillett Town Hall Road. Flames were coming from underneath the truck at one point.

Burglary — An ATV was reported stolen sometime between May 1 and July 8 from a residence on Bagley Rapids Road, Mountain.

July 10

Deputies responded to 48 incidents, including the following:

Property Damage — Investigators received a report that a door was kicked in again at the Oconto Gun Club, County Road S, Oconto, and some tools were missing.

July 9

Deputies responded to 48 incidents, including the following:

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Oconto County Circuit Court

July 13

Julie J. Nicklas, 34, Lena, made her initial appearance on two counts of forgery-uttering. Cash bond was set at $1,500, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 19.

An Aug. 15 plea hearing was scheduled for Renee L. Reinboldt, 39, Whitelaw, charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver narcotics and two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, along with three related misdemeanors, in connection with her Jan. 1 arrest. A $3,500 cash bond has been posted.

A Sept. 1 plea hearing was scheduled for Eric J. Erickson, 52, formerly of Townsend, who is charged with abuse causing bodily harm and theft of movable property in connection with a Feb. 17 incident.

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Bird tests positive for West Nile virus

The Oconto County Health Department on Monday reported that a dead crow found in Oconto County on July 2 has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for the virus in Oconto County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

“The positive bird means that residents of Oconto County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” said Debbie Konitzer, the county health officer.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. Although many mosquito species can carry West Nile virus, these are not the same mosquito species that transmits Zika virus, which has not yet been found in Wisconsin.

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Gillett announces parade float winners

The Gillett Fourth of July Parade Committee has released the judges’ decisions from the 2017 parade, which had the theme “Hail Our American Heritage.”

Cash awards were presented to the top three winners in their respective categories. First place received $100, second $75 and third $50.

Best Use of Theme: Klaus Lake Bar & Grill, first; Underhill Sportsman Club, Gillett Handiworks, Legacy Funeral Chapels, second; NEW Credit Union, third.

Civic/Community: Pat’s Market, first; Gillett Music and Drama Department (“The Addams Family”), second; DAV, third.

Youth: Gillett High School marching band, first; Bridge the Gap for Autism, second; St. John’s Lutheran Church, third.

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Healthy Oconto County AODA workgroup provides update

Bellin Health Oconto Hospital has provided an update on the alcohol and other drug abuse aspect of the Oconto County Community Health Improvement Plan.

In 2015, the community health improvement plan was presented to about 40 health professionals, county partners and others who had responded to an invitation in the county papers. Public health officials in each county in Wisconsin are responsible for assessing health needs of county individuals and developing a plan to meet key health factors needs.

In Oconto County, Bellin Health Oconto Hospital and HSHS St. Clare joined the effort to assess, develop and implement the plan. Using data collected every year by the state, two major health priorities for Oconto County were identified: use, misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and nutrition and physical activity.

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Oconto Falls eyes possible industrial park land

Members of the Oconto Falls City Council have given Alderman Kevin Rusch the go-ahead to continue “casual conversations” with a property owner who might be willing to sell the city just under 140 acres west-northwest of the industrial park for future expansion.

At the council’s July 11 meeting, Rusch said he had been approached by Eugene Stoll to gauge the city’s interest in the land, and he asked his fellow aldermen if they thought it was worth pursuing.

Mayor Brad Rice admitted he was skeptical.

“There’s no development in the industrial park,” Rice said. “We haven’t had any interest in there as far as major industry.”

Other council members were willing to explore the possibilities.

“I’ll quote my father; he said they don’t make land every day,” Alderman Jay Kostreva said. “We might not see it, but down the road, you know – I can remember driving to Green Bay and there was nothing (between here and there).”

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Highway 22 reopens to traffic


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

The reconstruction of state Highway 22 included the addition of right-turn lanes at three intersections, including this one at Younger Road.

Traffic began flowing again July 12 along state Highway 22 between Oconto Falls and Stiles Junction, four months after the road was closed for a major reconditioning project.

When the road was closed in early March, the state Department of Transportation had estimated the work would take until mid to late August.

“All in all they’re five weeks ahead, which is amazing given the wet summer we’ve had,” City Administrator Vicki Roberts said.

The 4.22-mile, $3.4 million project involved milling the existing asphalt pavement and placing a new driving surface between Highland Drive just inside the Oconto Falls city limits and Duame Road just west of the U.S. 141 interchange.

Other work included adding right-turn lanes at County Road I, Larson Road and Younger Road, removing and replacing two concrete box culverts, replacing existing culvert pipes at various locations, and installing new pavement marking and permanent signs.

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