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Wed
12
Sep

Atrium senior facilities ordered into receivership

Atrium Health and Senior Living announced Friday that a consensual agreement has been reached with its lender to have a receiver appointed for 32 Wisconsin-based facilities and one Michigan-based facility so that the company can continue to maintain normal business operations until new operators can be identified and positioned to take over the facilities.

The affected facilities include Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls and two Atrium Post Acute Care locations in Shawano.

Wed
12
Sep

Changing of the guard at Maple Valley Mutual


Al Schuettpelz, left, congratulates Chad Schuettpelz on his promotion to president and general manager of Maple Valley Mutual. (Contributed photo)

Chad Schuettpelz has been promoted to president and general manager of Maple Valley Mutual Insurance Co. and was also elected to the board of directors, effective Sept. 1.

Retired President Al Schuettpelz will continue as CEO of the company and remain on the board until his term ends in 2020. He will also continue working in underwriting and loss prevention and serving as a consultant.

Chad Schuettpelz joined Lena-based Maple Valley Mutual as claims manager in March 2014 and became vice president – claims in July 2017. He grew up in the Lena area and graduated from Lena High School. He is completing his associate degree in business management from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. He lives in the town of Ledgeview, near De Pere, with his wife, Lisa, and daughters.

Al Schuettpelz joined the company as a trainee/adjuster in November 1973. He became secretary/treasurer and general manager in January 1975 and had been president since 1989.

Wed
12
Sep

Grants provide educators with tech training


Gov. Scott Walker, left, gets a briefing from Corey Jeffers, director of technology for Oconto Falls schools, about how state Technology for Educational Achievement grants have been used to enhance infrastructure upgrades and related training in local schools. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Gov. Scott Walker stopped at Oconto Falls High School last week to promote the latest round of grants for the Technology for Educational Achievement, or TEACH, program that are aimed at increasing training opportunities for teachers.

The grants totaling $1.4 million include $56,725 for TRITON — the technology consortium that includes not only the Oconto Falls School District but Gillett, Suring, Lena, Bonduel, Crivitz, Oconto, Peshtigo and Wausaukee as well.

“These increases in particular are important because they’re targeted toward rural school districts and rural library systems,” Walker said, “districts with less than 13 students per square mile.”

While that number sounds like a small percentage, it actually embraces almost half of all districts in the state. The training grants were awarded to 196 rural school districts and 172 public libraries. In addition to training grants, TEACH also offers grants for infrastructure and curriculum development.

Wed
05
Sep

Leadership Oconto County is underway

An orientation dinner at Beyer Home in Oconto last month marked the opening of the first Leadership Oconto County class.

The inaugural group includes 11 participants from various walks of life, said Paul Ehrfurth, executive director of the Oconto County Economic Development Corp., in his monthly report to the county board.

Leadership Oconto County is a cooperative effort of OCEDC and the University of Wisconsin-Extension of Oconto County. The goal of the leadership program is to build a pool of citizens with broad knowledge of the ideas, issues and concerns faced by local communities.

“We have a nine-person steering committee, and various members of the committee are responsible for planning and organizing and arranging the events for the particular day,” Ehrfurth said.

The first session is scheduled this week in Gillett, led by Dale Mohr, UW-Extension community, natural resources and economic development agent.

Wed
05
Sep

County Board schedules tour of county

The Oconto County Board of Supervisors has scheduled its annual industry tour for Oct. 17.

The all-day tour is an opportunity for County Board members, both long-term and brand-new, to get a comprehensive firsthand look at some of the private and public sector highlights of the county. The bus departs the courthouse at 8 a.m. with a late afternoon return.

Paul Ehrfurth, executive director of the Oconto County Economic Development Corp., walked the board through this year’s itinerary.

“Our first stop is Marine Technologies Inc., which is a company that moved into Oconto over on Charles Street a couple of years ago,” Ehrfurth said. The business does laminations for high-speed racing boats, he added, the kind “that you would see on ‘Miami Vice.’”

Wed
05
Sep

Great day for a parade


This Fairest of the Fair is a real farm girl: Senior Fairest Danielle Paschke drives the Allis Chalmers tractor towing Junior Fairest Delaney DeBauch. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

For the 88th year, Suring played host to its annual Labor Day Parade, the culmination of a four-day celebration that brought thousands of people into the village.

The spectacle proceeded down Main Street for more than an hour, providing entertainment and hometown charm for all ages.

The Pulaski and Suring high school bands, area fire and rescue units, businesses and nonprofits marched through downtown Suring.

Grand marshals Allen and Gloria Dickson were honored at Veterans Memorial Park after the parade after a performance by the Pulaski High School Band.

Parade organizers posted hundreds of photos from the parade and other weekend activities at the Suring Labor Day Celebration page on Facebook @SuringLaborDay.

Wed
05
Sep

Beaton profile published in trade magazine


Before beginning an Aug. 22 city meeting, Gillett Mayor James Beaton displays the “American Funeral Director” profile written about his dual role as mayor and funeral director. With Beaton are city officials, from left, front row, Alderpersons Nanette Mohr, Matthew Stroik and Irene Drake; back row, Shane Rank, public works foreman; Chelsea Henkel, deputy clerk-treasurer; Ron Anderson, utility manager; and Alderpersons Marie Blaser and Sandy Hubbard. (contributed photo)

The city of Gillett gained national attention this month when James Beaton, Gillett’s funeral director and mayor, was featured in the August edition of American Funeral Director magazine. The trade publication reaches over 10,000 funeral professionals.

Beaton’s four-page profile depicts the events that led the East Coast native to a mayoral victory in April. The article also describes the city of Gillett and Beaton’s dual role as mayor and funeral director at Legacy Funeral Chapels in Gillett and Green Bay.

Patti Martin Bartsche, editor of American Funeral Director, said the magazine seeks to shine the spotlight on funeral directors who are making a difference in their communities.

Wed
05
Sep

33rd annual Lena Dairy Fest is scheduled for Saturday

The 33rd annual Lena Dairy Fest sponsored by the Lena Lions is scheduled for Saturday on the grounds of Saint Anne’s Parish on Main Street in Lena.

The day will kick off with the Stampede 5K walk-run at 8 a.m., followed by the parade that will start at 10:30 a.m. A complete list of the day’s events is listed below. All events are free including admission into the tractor and truck pull. Pets or carry-ins are not permitted.

Five local couples got together 33 years ago to brainstorm ways to bring the Lena community together, and they developed the idea of Dairy Fest, Supervisor Kenneth Linzmeyer told the Oconto County Board on Aug. 23 in inviting the county to the event.

Schedule of Events

Stampede 5K Walk-Run Registration – 6 a.m.

Stampede 5K Walk-Run – 8 a.m.

Parade – 10:30 a.m

Farm Tractor Pull – noon

Truck Pull – Approx. 6 p.m.

Petting zoo – all day

Face painting by Vickie Magee – noon to 3 p.m.

Wed
29
Aug

Firefighter Bill Grady honored for 50 years of service


Bill Grady, left, is congratulated by Oconto Falls Fire Chief Tim Magnin while Mayor Brad Rice looks on. Grady has been with the department for 50 years. Two other men who also attended the Aug. 21 City Council meeting, Reuben Radke and Jim Moynihan, have volunteered even longer. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

It’s hard to say which is more impressive, the fact that 87-year-old Charles “Bill” Grady is still active in the Oconto Falls Fire Department or the fact that he’s only third in seniority among the local firefighters.
The Oconto Falls City Council honored Grady for his 50 years of service Aug. 21, a week after he was feted by the department.
“I’m not going to give no speech tonight,” said Grady, who retired from the Oconto County Board this spring after decades of service. “The mayor told me not to; he heard my speech last Tuesday night at the fire station, and he didn’t want to go through that again.”
While Grady is the oldest member of the Oconto Falls Fire Department, Reuben Radke and Jim Moynihan top him in years of service.
Radke will complete 60 years of service in April, and Moynihan has been active for 53 years going on 54, Fire Chief Tim Magnin said. All three men attended the City Council meeting.

Wed
29
Aug

City of Oconto Falls will replace Adams Street sidewalks


Concerns about attaching brand-new sidewalk sections to often-deteriorating older sections led Oconto Falls city officials to decide to install all-new sidewalks through the Adams Street reconstruction zone, at no additional cost to homeowners. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The city of Oconto Falls will replace the sidewalks along the Adams Street reconstruction zone at no further cost to homeowners, the City Council decided during its Aug. 21 meeting.
The street surface, water and sewer lines, curbs and gutters are all being rebuilt this summer, and certain portions of sidewalk were already slated to be repaired, but other portions were damaged as construction equipment rumbled through and rolled over them.
WE Energies had already agreed to replace about $7,000 worth of sidewalk that was damaged as its crews installed new laterals.
“The bottom line is we’re having a new road put in with all-new infrastructure, and the question of the council and the citizens is, ‘Do you want to replace all that (sidewalk)?’” City Administrator Vicki Roberts said.

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