Community

Wed
08
Aug

Local author Scott Winkler to visit Gillett


A native of Gillett, Scott Winkler recently published a new book set in a town much like his hometown. (Contributed photo)

Former “Gillettonian” Scott Winkler will be returning to Gillett, his hometown (and the fictionalized setting of his new book “The Meadow”) from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Gillett Public Library Community Center, 204 E. Main St.
Winkler plans to do a book reading, Q&A and book signing with refreshments following the reading. This event coincides with the library’s Downtown Market in the Square, which meets 4-6 p.m. every Thursday.

Wed
08
Aug

Years Gone By

110 years ago • Aug. 6, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald
OCONTO FALLS: NOTICE — Hereafter the fire whistle will blow three long blasts to indicate a meeting of the hose company. The regular meetings of the company are held on the first Friday of each month H.H. CALDWELL, Secretary
OCONTO FALLS: Mabel Marie. youngest child of Mrs. Mary Hertwig, aged 1 year, 4 months and six days, died at the home of her mother in this village last evening, after an illness caused by stomach trouble.
100 years ago • Aug. 9, 1918 • Farmer Herald
OCONTO FALLS: A telegram was received here Monday afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harteau their youngest son, William, died in the military hospital at Camp Eustis, Virginia, that morning.
OCONTO FALLS: 100 residents of Peshtigo made the trip to Oconto Falls to announce that Peshtigo is going to have a Settlers’ Picnic on Aug. 15.
90 years ago • Aug. 2, 1928 • Gillett Times

Wed
01
Aug

Morgan Musings: Garden Walk draws many to Morgan garden


Artist and Northern Gardeners Club member Dorothy Grzeskowiak of Pulaski demonstrates her oil painting techniques to attendees of the Garden Walk on July 21 at the garden of Joan and Ron Korzeniewski of Morgan. (Photo by Megan Oswald)

Greetings, Morgan! If you have a garden, how is it growing? The garden of Joan and Ron Korzeniewski is certainly growing well this summer and was recently on display for the Northern Gardeners Club Garden Walk on July 21.

A light mist of rain during the event did not keep the garden viewers away. In the few weeks that have passed since I previewed the Korzeniewski garden, many different plants have started to bloom. Golden black-eyed Susans, blue balloon flowers, purple coneflowers and day lilies of every color were flourishing in late July.

Wed
01
Aug

Years Gone By: Aug. 1

110 years ago • July 30, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

GILLETT: At the last meeting of the village council, P.A. Pamperin of Oconto made a proposition for the install of an electric light plant in this village. Briefly stated, he offers to put in a 500-kilometer dynamo and 15 arc lamps with all poles, wiring and everything ready for general service (outside of power) for a sum less than $2,000.

OCONTO FALLS: LOST HORSE - On Tuesday, July 28, a black horse with white mark on forehead and left hind foot white, weighs about 1,050 pounds, slim neck, strayed from Birr’s butcher shop on the west side. Any person returning the animal or giving information that will lead to its recovery will be suitably rewarded.

100 years ago • Aug 2, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: A new pest known as the “Leaf Hopper” has made its appearance in Wisconsin and is playing havoc with the potato crop throughout the state.

Wed
25
Jul

The Cougars are back in town

It started in the summer of 2016 with an electric performance by the party-rock band The Cougars at the East Side Beach in Oconto Falls.
The crowd set up chairs in the grassy area of the park, and hundreds of people spilled over onto the beach and the parking lot and danced in front of the stage.
Now back this Friday for a third year, The Cougars have become one of the popular anchors of the Music by the River series of free summer concerts sponsored by the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
The concerts happen on the fourth Friday of the month in June, July and August. The music begins at 6 p.m. and continues until the sun sets over the Oconto River. There’s no cover charge, and food and refreshments are available for purchase on the grounds. No carry-ins will be allowed.

Wed
25
Jul

Southern Gospel family to perform at Clock Church

The Garms Family brings its Southern Gospel sound to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 101 N. Main St., Gillett, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Blending vocals, personalities, and ideas, David and Kris with six of their kids — Ben, Taylor, Leesha, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb — create family harmony to orchestrate a concert of worship and joy.
The event is free and open to the public, and a goodwill offering will be accepted.
The Garms Family’s musical journey began in 2005 when members started singing hymns in their living room. The kids, all home-schooled, taught themselves to play multiple instruments. Now they tour full-time across the United States and present a dynamic variety of original songs, hymns, and classics — all with a solid Gospel message.
With over 15 instruments on stage, they can transition from a straight-up Southern Gospel group to an entire bluegrass band.

Wed
25
Jul

Domestic abuse destroying society today

Did you know domestic abuse is one of the most destructive forces in today’s society? Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is beaten by a familiar partner, and one in four women are likely to experience domestic violence in their life. Only half of all domestic violence incidents are reported to law enforcement, and even fewer for sexual assaults.
Safe Haven Executive Director Stacey Cicero commented: “Demand for shelter services in 2017 was 23 percent greater than in 2016. The shelter was occupied to optimal capacity (five families, one to each room) or overcapacity (families shared rooms). In the last quarter of 2017, shelter was at or over optimal capacity 99 percent of the time, only one day during that time frame had less than five families.

Wed
18
Jul

S.T.E.F. donates $13,000 to area organizations


Joe and April Kanack, second and third from left, present a donation to Oconto Falls Youth Football on behalf of S.T.E.F. Representing the youth football group are Chad Earley, left, Carrie Hill and Jon Spice. (Contributed photo)

The S.T.E.F. organization has made all of its donations with the money raised last fall on the group’s annual Fall Color Ride. All donations went to local communities with an emphasis on youth mental health.

The organization, which stands for “Special Thoughts Everyday Forever,” is devoted to funding, educating and supporting community needs in memory of Stefanie Kanack, who died in July 2015. Its main fundraiser is the Fall Color Ride, scheduled this year for Sept. 29 from Ray’s Boneyard in Lena. The purpose, according to the group’s Facebook page, is “raising money for charities that were important in Stef’s life, while also raising awareness to suicide prevention.”

This year’s donations were as follows:

Wed
18
Jul

Rummage sale tips from a longtime buyer/seller

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Oconto Falls Fun Fest and community rummage sales are less than a month away, and former library director Jeanne Waschbisch provides some tips based on 50 years of attending and hosting rummage sales.

Oconto Falls communitywide rummage sales will take place Aug. 9-11. To maximize your profits and minimize your labor, here are suggestions to make all that effort worthwhile. It’s a great time to get family and friends together to hold a sale or to shop other sales.

1. Start early to get your items together and priced. If you have space for a dedicated area to keep rummage items together through the year, collect and mark them as you find them. Masking tape and Magic Markers work well. Everyone is looking for a bargain, and there are many sales. So if you really want to get rid of things, keep prices low.

Wed
04
Jul

Inaugural Garden Walk features garden in Morgan


Joan and Ron Korzeniewski of Morgan volunteered their garden as one of six host sites for the Northern Gardeners Club Garden Walk on July 21. Their gardens feature many unique, handmade touches, such as the bridge pictured here. (Photo by Megan Oswald)

Greetings, Morgan, and I hope your summer is going well so far. To make your summer memories more beautiful this year, I urge you to join in a new summer event.

The Northern Gardeners Club is hosting an area Garden Walk on Saturday, July 21, to coincide with Pulaski Polka Days. The Garden Walk is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with admission being $10 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. Wristbands are available at any of the host gardens on the day of the event.

One of the six host gardens is that of Morgan residents Joan and Ron Korzeniewski, 9460 Schroeder Road. I recently had the pleasure of previewing their extensive gardens and learning about the changes on their property over the years. From talking with Joan and Ron, their yard is like a living album of their gardening hobby, with certain plants reminding each of them of specific family members and friends.

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