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Apr

Crosswalk preserves memories of Good Friday


Participants in the Crosswalk event on Good Friday proceed from Gillett High School. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Local Christians carried four crosses through the city of Gillett in the annual Crosswalk observance just after noon on Good Friday.

The ecumenical event goes back several decades in Gillett and was revived about 15 years ago by the Rev. Paul Carlson, pastor at Hillside Assembly of God.

Starting at the high school, the group made three other stops with Scripture readings and prayers led by Carlson, Bill Gruenstern of Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Valley, retired pastor Richard Druckrey, and Kent Wallace of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The readings from the Gospel of Matthew recounted the last days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the resurrection celebrated Easter Sunday.

The group stopped at Tabor United Methodist Church and Gillett City Hall before finishing at St. John’s for a luncheon. A community Good Friday worship service was held at the Clock Church on Friday evening.

Wed
04
Apr

Changes on the County Board

By the time you read this week's print edition of the Times Herald, the new members of the Oconto County Board of Supervisors had been chosen.

Voters on Tuesday were choosing successors to seven supervisors whose collective experience totaled more than a century. March 22 was the last board meeting for supervisors Lee Rymer, Bill Grady, Ron Korzeniewski, Robert Reinhart and Ryan Wendt.

Supervisor Mary Lemmen, who served 24 years on the County Board, died in October, and Gerald Beekman, whose nearly 40 years of service made him the most senior board member, died Dec. 29. Supervisor Tim O’Harrow was appointed to fill the rest of Lemmen’s term and was running for election in his own right, while Beekman’s seat was left vacant.

Rymer is retiring after 31 years on the board, including a record 19 years as chairman.

Wed
04
Apr

Jake Beschta top candidate for OFHS principal

Oconto Falls School District officials have named Jake Beschta as the top candidate to be their new high school principal when Bruce Russell retires at the end of this school year.

Beschta currently serves as an associate principal and athletic/activities director in the Sheboygan Falls School District.

“We are extremely excited to have Mr. Beschta join our team. His dedication to school improvement, leadership style, and successful experience earning the respect of those around him embodies the very essence of our district,” Superintendent Dean Hess said in making the announcement. “Jake will undoubtedly provide additional opportunities to further the growth of both staff and students at the high school. I believe that Mr. Beschta can assist us in our implementation of excellence in education.”

Wed
04
Apr

Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

Proceedings of March 28

Mark A. Gerow, 55, Mountain, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of altering or removing a vehicle ID number, and two misdemeanor charges of theft of movable property valued at less than $2,500, in connection with incidents that occurred July 20, Aug. 5 and Oct. 19. Sentencing was scheduled for May 15.

A $1,000 signature bond was set for Eric Allen Rein, 46, Suring, who is charged with possession of THC (second or subsequent offense) and misdemeanor driving while revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 26. Conditions of his bond include maintaining absolute sobriety. His initial appearance was adjourned to April 12.

Proceedings of March 26

Wed
04
Apr

Meeting scheduled on placement of released prisoners

Local and state officials are planning to attend a meeting at Morgan Town Hall next week to discuss the process of placing recently released prisoners back into their communities.

Organizer Dave Behrend described the session as an “open dialogue of the citizens from the surrounding area assembled as one voice to ask questions and discuss how the state of Wisconsin places assisted living and released offenders in their neighboring areas.”

The meeting grew from residents’ confusion and concerns after court cases last year regarding placement of offenders, Behrend said.

The gathering is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 12 at the town hall, 3276 County Road C.

Among those expected to attend will be Alfred Johnson, director of the state Bureau of Assisted Living; state Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz; and a representative with the Oconto County Health & Human Services Department.

Wed
04
Apr

Election recap: Write-in elected Gillett mayor

UPDATE: The Gillett board of canvassers met last night after the close of the polls. The official results are as follows :

Mayor James Beaton 163 Votes to Nanette Mohr 120 votes. 13 scattering

Ward one Marie Blaser 74 votes – 7 scattering

Ware two Sandra Hubbard 22 votes to Jake Steldt 18 votes and 11 scattering

Wed
28
Mar

Fun and games courtesy of the Easter Bunny


Kids turn in the eggs they found at the Gillett Elementary School track to collect their Easter goodies from the Easter Bunny. (Photo by Kay Runkel)

More than 400 people attended the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at the Gillett Elementary School, coordinated by the Gillett Public Library, Hillside Assembly and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Hillside Assembly provided games and activities for the kids before the egg hunt, which took place around the track at the school. All turned in their eggs and then traveled down the Candy Lane to collect their Easter treats.

Organizers thanked Principal Curt Angeli and the Gillett Elementary School and credited the businesses and organizations that sponsored the event:

Gold sponsors (more than $100): Beyond Manufacturing, C&L Contracting Inc., Gillett Business Association, Gillett Contracting LLC, Gillett Public Library, Hillside Assembly of God, Lambrecht’s Service Garage, Pat’s Market, Quality Sandblasting & Coatings LLC and Thrivent Financial.

Wed
28
Mar

Write-ins declare for county, city seats

A number of write-in candidates have emerged in races around the county where no one filed to get on the April 3 spring election ballot.

In the city of Gillett, where James Beaton is waging a write-in campaign against Acting Mayor Nanette Mohr, Jake Stedt and Sandra Hubbard have registered as write-ins for the open City Council seat in Ward 2. Incumbent Ron Anderson resigned from the council when he accepted the job as utility manager. There is still no declared write-in for the Ward 3 aldermanic seat now held by Mohr.

Write-in candidates have also filed in two Oconto County Board districts where no one submitted nomination papers before the January deadline.

Al Schreiber is a write-in for the District 13 seat being relinquished by Supervisor Jim Lacourciere of Oconto. Stephanie Holman is a write-in for the District 18 seat that has been held by former County Board Chairman Lee Rymer of Oconto Falls.

Wed
28
Mar

42 years in the clerk of courts office


Retired deputy clerk of courts Ferry Marek, second from right, is honored for 42 years of service by Oconto County Judges Michael T. Judge, left, and Jay N. Conley, and Clerk of Courts Mike Hodkiewicz during the March 22 County Board meeting. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

For the past 42 years, there was one constant in the Oconto County Clerk of Courts office: Ferry Marek.

Clerk of Courts Mike Hodkiewicz said he was able to find a group of 15 supervisors whose combined service on the board still doesn’t add up to Marek’s years of service in his office, most of them as deputy clerk.

Marek retired March 1 and was honored Thursday during the County Board’s regular monthly meeting.

Hodkiewicz, no spring chicken himself after almost 28 years as clerk of courts, told the board that Marek is the one in charge of teaching him his job back in 1990.

“I think she left that day and said, ‘Good Lord,’ he said. “I know for a fact she walked in the next day and she looked up and said, ‘Lord, help!’”

Marek is the best teacher Hodkiewicz ever had and has become a great friend, he said.

Wed
28
Mar

Brazeau, Parmentier vie for District 27 county seat

Incumbent Ryan Wendt chose not to run for re-election to the Oconto County Board from District 27, which covers parts of the towns of Spruce and Brazeau. Two candidates with experience in local government and public service are on the ballot to succeed him.

Here are the responses from Terry Brazeau and David Parmentier to the Times Herald questionnaire.

Terry Brazeau

Education: Suring High School Class of 1972; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College associate degree police science in 1978; certified EMT 1976; NWTC firefighter training 1980; weapons safety training, yearly law enforcement and county & town board required updates.

Occupation: Retired Oconto County sheriff’s deputy 30-plus years; Evinrude/OMC Ski-Doo technician 1970-1990.

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