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19
Jul

Streisand tribute, Dorf Kapelle among Friends’ 2017-18 highlights

From a country take on a classic fairy tale, to a tribute to one of the great pop singers of the 20th century, to authentic European folk music, the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts have collected a variety of entries for their 2017-18 Fine Arts Series.

This marks the group’s 16th season of bringing quality entertainment to Northeast Wisconsin, with most performances staged at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center inside Oconto Falls High School.

• The season begins with the Missoula Children’s Theatre presentation of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast” on Aug. 5. The troupe will hold auditions for 50 to 60 local students who will perform in the original country-western adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

Wed
12
Jul

Gillett council reviews PR opportunities

Efforts to keep Gillett residents and the general public informed on social media about what’s happening in the city are picking up, Alderman Josh McCarthy said at Thursday’s meeting of the Gillett City Council.

McCarthy said Jake Steldt of the city tourism and marketing committee has been working to improve the city’s visibility through the Gillett Community Events page on Facebook. It used Facebook Live to show the world the Fourth of July fireworks display, for example.

“I believe the website and social media page that he’s running is really picking up steam with the amount of followers and people who are viewing the pages,” McCarthy said.

He used a recent job posting to illustrate the effectiveness of an online presence.

“I posted that Sintex Wausaukee Composites were hiring, and it tells you how many people viewed it, and over 5,100 people viewed it, so a lot of people are being reached,” McCarthy said.

Wed
12
Jul

Passion for the past


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Sharie and Jay Merline enjoy learning about Oconto County history and sharing what they’ve discovered.

An Oconto couple is using modern social media technology to share their love for small-town historical treasures.

Jay and Sharie Merline have five Facebook pages and a YouTube page chock full of imagery and information from the last 200 years of local history, much of it from Jay’s personal collection.

“I was raised in a gas station in Oconto” — more precisely Merline’s Circle Restaurant and Texaco — “and over the years I’ve collected a lot of local stuff,” Jay said.

In 2010, he started sharing images from his collection on his Facebook page, and the posts were so popular he launched the Oconto History page a year later. That page now has 1,898 images and more than 2,600 Likes, and it led to the pages History of Spruce, Wisconsin, Oconto Falls Heritage Center, Suring Area Historical Society and Marinette County History Preservation — the last one because Sharie grew up in Pound.

Wed
12
Jul

Red Cross makes emergency call for donations

The American Red Cross says it is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant drawdown of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”

Wed
12
Jul

Oconto County Circuit Court

July 7

Chris L. Lincks, 57, Mountain, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony bail jumping and two counts each of disorderly conduct and violating a harassment restraining order, all misdemeanors, in connection with incidents that occurred May 12 and May 14. Judge Michael T. Judge allowed a reduced bail of $5,000 cash and scheduled a pre-trial conference for Aug. 10.

July 5

Judge Michael T. Judge ruled there was probable cause Daryl J. Tekus, 64, Suring, committed a felony, and he bound Tekus over for trial on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense) and operating with a prohibited blood alcohol content. Arraignment was scheduled for July 13.

Wed
12
Jul

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

July 5

Deputies responded to 52 incidents, including the following:

Animal Problem — Authorities investigated a report that eight or nine dogs owned by a breeder on County Road S, Sobieski, killed several chickens and severely injured a cat on a neighbor’s property.

Suspicious — Authorities investigated a report that someone was going through a semi and truck at a residence along state Highway 22, Oconto.

July 4

Deputies responded to 44 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities investigated a report that when a man did a walk-through of his home on Allen Road in Little Suamico after a two-month absence, he noticed several items had been taken.

July 3

Deputies responded to 40 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Oconto Falls police were called to investigate a report that a person being evicted from an Adams Street residence was trying to sell the landlord’s washer and dryer on Facebook.

Wed
12
Jul

Town hall provides training site for firefighters

Greetings, Morgan! This summer is on track to be a busy one around our town. You might have noticed that the old town hall was razed during the last week of June to make room for the construction of the new hall.

The Green Valley-Morgan Fire Department was able to make one final use of the old hall for training purposes. The building was filled with smoke, and firefighters were able to complete search and rescue training, roof ventilation, and a mayday drill in the smoke-filled structure. The purpose of the mayday drill is to train firefighters how to safely rescue one of their comrades when he or she is in trouble.

The fire department has some upcoming events to mark on your calendar.

Wed
12
Jul

County alfalfa farmers eligible for emergency loans

Oconto County farmers stand to benefit from an announcement that 10 Wisconsin counties have been designated disaster areas due to losses to winterkill and late freezes that hit alfalfa fields especially hard in the first five months of the year.

Farmers in those counties and 13 adjacent counties might be eligible for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency in the form of emergency loans.

“We applaud the USDA’s decision to designate the counties affected by alfalfa winterkill as disaster areas,” Gov. Scott Walker said. “This aid helps Wisconsin farmers get back on their feet and protects them from crippling losses due to damaged crops. We look forward to working with USDA moving forward on this issue.”

Wed
05
Jul

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

June 29

Deputies responded to 26 incidents, including the following:

Road Closing — Oconto Falls reported the intersection of Monroe and North Adams streets will be closed until further notice, repairing a sink hole.

June 28

Deputies responded to 31 incidents, including the following:

Attempted Fraud — A caller from the Cecil area reported an attempted phone scam from a man claiming to be her grandson who needed bail money. She only gave out her name and no further information. The dispatcher advised her it was a scam.

Attempted Fraud — A caller from Gillett reported receiving multiple voicemail messages from different numbers, saying she needed to call back because of having warrants.

June 27

Deputies responded to 44 incidents, including the following:

Wed
05
Jul

Driver in high-speed chase faces 5th OWI

Bond was set at $20,000 cash for a Little Suamico man who led police officers on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of 100 mph on June 23.

Todd M. Frank, 53, is charged in Oconto County Circuit Court with fleeing an officer and what would be his fifth conviction of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving with a revoked license.

According to the criminal complaint, Lena Police Officer David Vander Bloomen was operating radar from the northbound on-ramp of U.S. 141 when a black Chevy pickup truck sped past his parked patrol car onto the highway and was clocked at 80 mph.

Vander Bloomen pursued the truck with his emergency lights on, and then his siren, before the vehicle finally pulled onto the shoulder about 1.3 miles up the highway at Old 141 Road. The truck weaved in and out of the lanes during the pursuit, the complaint indicated.

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