Free Men’s Health Event at HSHS St. Clare – June 27

HSHS St. Clare Regional Surgery Center

Men’s Health Month Cookout and Ice Cream Social:
Tuesday, June 27 at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

The community is invited to a free event focused on men’s health at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls on Tuesday, June 27.

The Men’s Health Cookout and June Dairy Month Ice Cream Social will be presented by Richard McNutt, MD, of HSHS St. Clare Regional Surgery Center. The presentation will feature a complimentary meal of healthy grilled food and ice cream in honor of June Dairy Month. Attendees can also register for a chance to win Wisconsin Timber Rattler tickets!

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, June 27
Location: HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Dining Room
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

  • 4:30 – Complimentary meal
  • 5:15 – Men’s health discussion

Pre-registration for this event is requested by calling (920) 965-7411. Space is limited.

About HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital serves Oconto Falls and the surrounding communities as a federally-designated critical access hospital with a 24-hour staffed emergency department, urgent care, general, vascular and orthopedic surgical services, inpatient and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services, rehabilitation, oncology outpatient clinic and women’s care. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with Prevea Health, has six regional health center locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring. Founded in 1921 as Community Memorial Hospital, in 2014, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital became the fourteenth hospital in Hospital Sisters Health System. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. For more information about St. Clare, visit

About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 13 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

12th Annual Region Two Lions Golf Outing

In spite of an early threat of unfavorable weather, the 12th Annual Region Two Lions Golf Outing concluded under warm sunshine at Desmidt’s Golf Course and Country in the beautiful hills outside of Crivitz. In its 12 year run, over $35,000 has been raised to support activities at the Wisconsin Lions Camp, thanks to the the Region Lions and many other supporters in Northeast Wisconsin.

Local Lions clubs, businesses, individuals, and organizations provided hole sponsorships, raffle prizes, and other support of the popular outing.

This year’s personalized championship mugs were carried off by “Bob’s Team” made up of Bob Hoyer, Matthew Thiel, Jeff Ott, and Kurt Mueller. Their 4 person scramble score of 58 put them at the top of the leader board.

Only one stroke behind, the “Wausaukee Lions #2” team picked up second place honors. Golfers Tom Miller, Gary Polzin, Brian Wiltzios, and David Wiltzios played a great game to earn the runner up engraved glasses.

Kicking off the award program over lunch in the clubhouse was the presentation of two Ray Hempel Fellowships, one to Lion Jane Fritz and another to Lion Gerald Kallenbach. Both have been very active with the Region Two Golf Outing since the early years.

Ray Hempel was the spark behind the founding of Wisconsin Lions Camp and served as the first Camp Director. The Lions Pride Endowment Fund established the Ray Hempel a fitting tribute to recognize and celebrate an individual’s unique accomplishments, extraordinary dedication, support and service to others.

The Region Two Lions extend their thanks to the staff, at Desmidt’s, the golfers, volunteers, and all the others who helped this year’s event another in the long line of successes. Mother Nature deserves special mention for holding off the rain.

Region Two Golf Outing Champions “Bob’s Team.” (Left to right) Jeff Ott, Matthew Thiel Bob Hoyer, and Kurt Mueller.

Region Two Golf Outing Runner Up Team

Region Two Golf Outing Runner Up Team “Wausaukee Lions #2.” (Left to right) Tom Miller, Gary Polzin, Brian Wilyzios, and David Wiltzios.

Ray Hempel Fellowship Recognition. (Left to right) Lion Jane Fritz, Wausaukee Lions Club President Gary Johnston, Lion Gerald Kallenbach.

One of many hole sponsors

One of many hole sponsors Oconto Falls Lions Team. (Left to right) Ed Holtger, Tim Holman, Matt Steffens, and Shane Senn.


1st Annual Beer Brat & Forget-Me-Not

Join The Forget Me Not Fund in raising funds to provide support and education for families impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia! Tickets are only $25 and include dinner, ticket into raffle, 2 draft beers and music by the Dave Steffen Band! Great prizes for Bucket raffles, 50/50, and GRAND PRIZE! Brats provided by Maplewood Meats. The Forget Me Not Fund is a major contributor to the local Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer Association. HELP US IN THE BATTLE TO END ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

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Forget Me Not Fund, Inc
Organizer of 1st Annual Beer Brat & Forget-Me-Not
This event, although organized by The Cottages Assisted Living & Memory Care, is supported by the Wolf River Dementia Network, Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Forget Me Not Fund.

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Auxiliary Presents $10,000 Check to HSHS St .Clare Memorial Hospital and Honors Dedicated Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital presented a $10,000 donation to the hospital at its annual volunteer luncheon. Pictured from left to right, back row: Dan DeGroot, COO, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital; Matt Astleford, Philanthropy Specialist, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Left to right, front row: Anne Buttke, Manager, Volunteer Services, HSHS-EWD; Hope Hrabik, outgoing Auxiliary President; Mary Lemmen, outgoing Auxiliary Treasurer; Bobbi Giles, Director, Philanthropy, HSHS-EWD.

Auxiliary Presents $10,000 Check to HSHS St .Clare Memorial Hospital and Honors Dedicated Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

Oconto Falls – The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital held its annual luncheon in Oconto Falls on Monday, May 8 to recognize members who have reached milestones in their volunteer hours and to present the hospital with a generous $10,000 donation.

The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital was able to raise $10,000 through various fundraisers, including an annual salad luncheon, Love Basket Silent Auction, Holiday Bake Sale and Raffle, book fairs, uniform and cookie sales and the Christmas Memory Tree. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital.

“HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is appreciative of the work, dedication and commitment of the Auxiliary,” said Dan DeGroot, Chief Operating Officer, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “This money will be used to purchase inpatient visitor chairs that will provide our patients and their families with an enhanced patient care experience.”

The inpatient visitor chairs will be placed in patient rooms on the medical surgical floor for the comfort and convenience of friends and family who come to the hospital to visit patients. Patient interaction with friends and family while hospitalized contributes to their overall well-being and recuperation.

In addition to the check presentation on May 8, the Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital also presented pins to members who reached milestones in their volunteer hours since joining the Auxiliary:

· Paul Karban, 100 hours
· Becky Schmitt, 100 hours
· Vicki Dobratz, 300 hours
· Kay Pendl, 400 hours
· Nancy Carrico, 900 hours
· Hope Hrabik, 2,000 hours
· Mary Lemmen, 17,000 hours

“People who join the Auxiliary do so because they are giving people by nature,” said Vicki Dobratz, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Welcome Center Volunteer. “It’s wonderful to see so many people working well together and making sacrifices to help others in the community.”
The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is actively looking for more volunteers. For more information about joining the Auxiliary, contact Regina Boettcher at (920) 848-6348.

6th Annual Joint Golf Outing

6th Annual Joint Golf Outing

Monday, July 31, 2017

Oconto Legion Golf Course
532 Jefferson St

“Rain or Shine”

Proceeds benefit both Oconto Falls Area and Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce in their joint marketing activities

Early Bird Registration – Send in your team registration and money before July 10th to be eligible to win $100.00

Hole in 1 Contest
2017 Chevrolet Cruze
1st Hole in 1 – Sponsored by Koehne Chevrolet Buick GMC, Oconto

2nd Hole in 1 – Sponsored by Packerland Websites, Abrams

Special Events on the Course – $10.00

9:00 a.m. Mandatory Registration

10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start/Scramble Format
9 or 18 Holes

1:30 p.m. 9 Holes only

5:00 p.m. Cash Bar, Dinner
Golf & Event Prizes Awarded

Click Here for registration form

A note from Matt Ternes, Project Manager Oconto County DOT:

WisDOT and the contractor have finalized plans for the advancement of stage 2 earlier than anticipated. Specifics on the stage 2 advancement are summarized as follows:


  • Stage 2 detour will start 5/30/17.  This detour will be WIS 22 to County B to County A to US 141 to WIS 22
  • The contractor will be allowed to start on stage 2 work (Highland Dr – County I) on 5/30/17.
  • The actual intersection of WIS 22/County I will remain open until after the regular school year is complete.  This will keep the north/south movement of County I open for local and bussing traffic.
  • After the school year, the contractor will be allowed to start work in the intersection of WIS 22/County I.
  • Allowing the contractor to start on this portion of the project sooner, we are hoping to complete the project up to 4 weeks sooner than initially expecting to.  As always, this is pending weather delays to the project.


If you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.


Matt Ternes, P.E.
Project Manager
Oconto County
Wisconsin DOT

2017 River Island Junior League

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM
– to –
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:30 PM (CDT)

River Island Golf Course
100 River Island Drive
Oconto Falls, WI 54154

Sign up here

2017 River Island Junior League

Welcome to the new season of golf at River Island Golf Course in Oconto Falls! Click on “Attend Event” to register for the opening banquet (open to all First Tee lessons members, team play members and parents) and to register for team play. See below for The First Tee lessons registration information (but register for the opening banquet here). Please pass this on to anyone you think would be interested in Junior League!

2017 River Island Junior League

The opening banquet is June 8 at 5:30 in the clubhouse. It is a casual event with information from the golf coach for the First Tee program, information on the League Team Play as well as great food, soda and water and prizes! Those wanting to eat with us, parents are welcome. Dinner will be $5 each (thanks to our donor sponsors who help to keep costs down!). When registering you can elect if you will be eating with us and how many additional would like to eat.

2017 River Island Junior League

Kids from 6th grade to High School Seniors are encouraged to join the fun and sign up today!

River Island Junior League allows kids to golf with their friends and family, but their scores count towards their team scores. Teams will be divided up and each week two teams will be paired up against each other for some friendly competition. Team members do not have to golf with their team – teams are for scoring and friendly competition purposes.

Want another reason to join? As a Junior League member, kids will enjoy $5 discounted greens fees during the entire Junior League season!

Register today by clicking the “Attend Event” button on this page to reserve your spot for the opening banquet and sign up for League Team Play. No payment required at this time.

2017 River Island Junior League

Kids age 4-18 can sign up for lessons being provided by the First Tee of Northeast Wisconsin and taught by Mitchell Meyer. Registration for the First Tee Program is available HERE. All kids signed up for lessons are automatically league members.

The season’s schedule, league dues for Team Play members and, league information will all be handled at the opening banquet. There will also be registration for lessons available at the opening banquet if you were not able to register online at the First Tee.

If you have any immediate questions at all please feel free to contact Drew at River Island Golf Course at 920-846-3303.

Hope to see you at the opening banquet!

River Island Golf Club/River Island Junior Golf League

OFHS State Solo and Ensemble Results

Garrett Wons, son of Bill and Suzie Wons, recently received the WSMA Exemplary Soloist Award at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Garrett is a sophomore at Oconto Falls High School and has been playing saxophone since the sixth grade. His perfect score performance of “Serenade For Alto Saxophone by Frank Bencriscutto earned him the nomination and recognition as one of the top three performers at his State festival site! “I was really excited after my performance”, said Wons. “The adjudicator said WOW! and told me my technique was blazing!” Garrett said he practices at least one hour a day on his saxophone and looks forward to working on more solo selections in future Solo and Ensemble festivals. As for the future, he plans to pursue more festivals and competitions on the state and national level.


Mara Grasse, Camden Jackson, Makenna Kussow

Three students from Oconto Falls High School were recently nominated by their adjudicators for the WSMA Exemplary Soloist Award and were recognized as one of the top five performers at their Festival Site. Congratulations to Makenna Kussow on her vocal solo The Black Swan by Gian Carlo Menotti,

Camden Jackson on his vocal solo Widmung by Robert Schumann, and Mara Grasse on her musical theater solo How Could I Ever Know from The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon.

The Oconto Falls High School Choir and Band students recently participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival held at UW-Green Bay on May 6, 2017. Four OFHS students received nominations as Exemplary Soloists, recognizing them as one of the top five students in their State Festival site.

Congratulations to all of these fine musicians! Results were as follows:


Makenna Kussow, vocal solo -EXEMPLARY SOLOIST NOMINATION

Kayla Sharboneau, vocal solo

Paige Bain-Vrba, vocal solo

Kaitlin Kramarczyk, vocal solo

Hailey Ferfecki, vocal solo

Amber Proctor, vocal solo

Mackenzie Staidl, vocal solo

Lillian Olson, vocal solo

Peter Murphy, vocal solo


Hunter Christenson, vocal solo

Makenna Kussow, musical theater solo

Kayla Sharboneau, musical theater solo

Mara Grasse, musical theater solo-EXEMPLARY SOLOIST NOMINATION

Hailey Ferfecki, musical theater solo

Charis Wirtley, musical theater solo

Andrea Spang, musical theater solo

Camden Jackson, musical theater solo

Peter Murphy, musical theater solo

Allison Luebke, trumpet solo

Garrett Wons, alto saxophone solo-EXEMPLARY SOLOIST NOMINATION

Makenna Kussow & Kayla Sharboneau, vocal duet

Kayla Sharboneau & Peter Murphy, vocal duet

Makenna Kussow & Camden Jackson, vocal duet

SSA Trio: Paige Bain-Vrba, Makenna Kussow, & Kayla Sharboneau

Chamber Singers SSAA Madrigal: Cortney Meunier, Paige Bain-Vrba, Alicia Carter, Kaylee Greetan, Angel Gruszynski, Morgan Haslitt, Kaitlin Kramarczyk, Makenna Kussow, Megan Loberger, Jennifer Longsine, Kaylin Nickels, Lillian Olson, Taylor Pritzl, Kayla Sharboneau, Theresa Whitehouse, & Nova Winans

Cantabile SSA Miscellaneous Ensemble: Hailey Ferfecki, Andrea Spang, Megan Zielinski, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Calisa Reyes, Paige Stapleton, Grace Williams, Anna Maria Oliveira-Assuncao, Amber Proctor, Mackenzie Staidl, & Laken Wall

Cantabile SSA Miscellaneous Ensemble: Mara Grasse, Mikayla Cassel, Aliza Dickinson, Rayne Winans, Isabella Behnke, Graciella Carter, Erin Effenberger, Jordan Rennie, Tianna Rowell-Brown, Faith Hujet, Alayna Smith, & Charis Wirtley

Chorale TTB Miscellaneous Ensemble: Ryan Umentum, Keith Archiquette, Alex Kamke, Hunter Schaden, Camden Jackson, Hunter Christenson, Colter McCormick, Hunter Ryczek, Ethan Winkler, & Peter Murphy

SSATB Madrigal: Makenna Kussow, Paige Bain-Vrba, Hailey Ferfecki, Mara Grasse, Kayla Sharboneau, Andrea Spang, Mackenzie Staidl, Charis Wirtley, Hunter Christenson, Camden Jackson, Peter Murphy, Ryan Umentum, Hunter Ryczek, Ethan Winkler, & Keith Archiquette

SATB Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Camden Jackson, Makenna Kussow, Paige Bain-Vrba, Hailey Ferfecki, Mara Grasse, Kayla Sharboneau, Andrea Spang, Mackenzie Staidl, Charis Wirtley, Hunter Christenson, Peter Murphy, Ryan Umentum, Hunter Ryczek, Keith Archiquette, & Ethan Winkler


Ethan Winkler, vocal solo

Charis Wirtley, vocal solo

Mara Grasse, vocal solo

Alex Kamke, musical theater solo

Paige Bain-Vrba, musical theater solo

Kaitlin Kramarczyk, musical theater solo

Charis Wirtley & Mackenzie Staidl, vocal duet

Alto Saxophone Trio: Natalie Olson, Delani Romback, & Elizabeth Kallies

Cantabile SSA Madrigal: Mackenzie Staidl, Isabella Behnke,

Graciella Carter, Mikayla Cassel, Aliza Dickinson, Hailey Ferfecki,

Mara Grasse, Faith Hujet, Rayne Winans, Amber Proctor, Jordan Rennie, Calisa Reyes, Alayna Smith, Andrea Spang, Paige Stapleton, Grace Williams, Anna Maria Oliveira-Assuncao, Charis Wirtley, & Megan Zielinski

Chamber Singers SSA Miscellaneous Ensemble: Megan Loberger, Alicia Carter, Kaylee Greetan, Angel Gruszynski, Morgan Haslitt, Kaitlin Kramarczyk, Jennifer Longsine, Cortney Meunier, Kaylin Nickels, Lillian Olson, Taylor Pritzl, Theresa Whitehouse, & Nova Winans

Chorale TTBB Miscellaneous Ensemble: Hunter Christenson, Keith Archiquette, Alex Kamke, Hunter Schaden, Camden Jackson, Colter McCormick, Hunter Ryczek, Ethan Winkler, Peter Murphy, & Ryan Umentum

Grand Opening of the Packerland Broadband

Your attendance is requested at the Grand Opening of the Packerland Broadband Store on Saturday, May 20. The Grand Opening is a free family-friendly event and will take place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30. You’ll be delighted and entertained during this unique chance to learn about the ways new and existing customers can now interact with Packerland Broadband. You will also be able to enter to win big prizes (including a 48” Sony Smart TV and sound bar!), enjoy delicious refreshments provided by Crivello’s, and test drive Packerland Broadband services.

The store, located at 323 Highland Drive in Oconto Falls, is the first of its kind. Visitors are able to make bill payments, inquire about current and new services, demo TiVo with multi-room functionality, try out 100 Mbps ExtremeConnect Internet, and much more.

Packerland Broadband provides modern telecommunication services in 56 rural communities throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We are 100% employee owned. As owners we are dedicated to providing services and products that benefit the communities we are a part of. We have been in operation since 2007 as a division of CCI Systems and based in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Memorial Day Celebration!!


Memorial Day Celebration!!
Oconto Falls, WI
Friday May 26th thru Monday May 29th, 2017

Parade: Monday May 29th – 12:30 p.m.
Carnival: Christman Amusement out of Wautoma, Wisconsin – Friday Night through Monday

• Carnival Specials
o Friday – Buck Special 6 until 10 p.m. every ride only $1.00 each.
o Saturday – Wristband Special 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
o Sunday – Wristband Special 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
o Advance Wristbands will be $15.00 sold at local merchants & through schools

o Modified Pitch Tourney Friday through Monday 100% payback.
o Dash O.F. Color run Saturday 9 to 11 a.m.
o Fireworks! Saturday Night – dusk on old football field. Rain Date Sunday.
o Bean Bag Tournament Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
o Live Bands Sunday 3-11PM Sons of Legend & 44 Audible
o Monday a Show-N-Shine Car & Truck Show for details contact Jim @ 373-3562 or Char @ 846-3101
o Big Bike Giveaway for the kids at the old football field after the parade.

Parade Formation: Sherman St. on west side of Oconto Falls
LINEUP: 11:00 a.m.
STEP-OFF: 12:30 p.m.

*New for 2017 float prizes as determined by judges:
1st – $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Parade Route: Sherman St. to Maple St., Left on Maple over the bridge to Main St. then right on Main St., Left on Central Ave. Finishing by Washington Middle School and Memorial Park.
We are asking organizations PLEASE DO NOT throw candy or other items from moving vehicles for safety reasons. If you would like to distribute items, this can be done by handing out along the parade route.

It is against the law to consume beer on floats, as well as giving it away to spectators along the parade route. If you plan on attending as an entry with live animals, please have a pooper scooper following behind you, for the prevention of parade participants stepping in something unpleasant …

If you plan on taking part in the parade, please return this form