Monthly Archives: March 2013

Abrams Theatre Presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. will open their 10th Anniversary Season with, The Drowsy Chaperone (Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar) Friday, April 12, 2013 – April 21, 2013 at The Byng Community Theater in Abrams.

A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, The Drowsy Chaperone boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you’ve ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good,” this is the show for you! It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Opening night is Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm. Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. will be having a glamorous Opening Night Gala. Patrons that attend opening night are encouraged to dress formally. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served after the show (with the cast and crew of The Drowsy Chaperone).

Subsequent show dates are as follows:

•  April 13th at 2pm & 7pm
•  April 14th at 2pm
•  April 19th at 7pm
•  April 20th at 2pm & 7pm
•  April 21st at 2pm

Performances are at The Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple Street, Abrams. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults (18-64), $10.00 for Seniors (65+) and Youth (5-17), and $5.00 for Children (4 and under). Tickets can be purchased online at www.AbramsTheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 920-826-5852.

Caring for someone you Love (presentation by Unity)

In promotion of National Nursing Home Week which is May 12-18th Sharpe Care Skilled Nursing Facility will be hosting a program on Thursday May 16th beginning at 7:00 PM for the community.

Topics will be: Caring for someone you Love (presentation by Unity).

Normal Aging Verses memory Loss, 10 Warning signs
(presentation by The Alzheimer’s Association).

The program will be held at Sharpe Care in the Dining Hall. Fabulous desserts and beverages will be provided.

This program is for the Community please come and join us and learn from the experts.

RSVP is appreciated: Call Sharpe Care at 920-848-3272 or Dennis Fuller at 920-819-1724

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts are proud to present DORF KAPELLE –DINNER & SHOW

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts are proud to present DORF KAPELLE –DINNER & SHOW on Sunday, April 21 at 1 PM. The performance will be held at Romy’s Holiday Inn-Kelly Lake.

Capturing the traditional ethnic style of the typical European Village Band, DORF KAPELLE has thrilled audiences at major festivals, stage performances, dances and concerts throughout Wisconsin. Formed in the summer of 1988, Director Ernie Broenimin and this group of exceptional musicians is dedicated to the reproduction of European wind music, including polkas, marches, waltzes and specialty selections performed in the ethnic style of its origin.

You won’t want to miss this performance, so get your tickets early. Dinner includes Romy’s famous chicken and tips! Advanced ticket sales only—seating is limited. Tickets are available online at www.ocontofallsfriendsofthearts.com or by mail. Call (920) 848-7469 for more information.

Community Healthcare Foundation announced its Celebrating Ordinary Heroes selections.

Community Healthcare Foundation announced its Celebrating Ordinary Heroes selections. Five Ordinary Heroes from throughoutOconto County have been chosen and will be recognized at the 8thannual Community Healthcare Foundation Spring Fling Wine, Cheese & Beer Tasting.
Ron Christensen of Suring was nominated for his commitment to promoting patriotism and making people aware of the veterans who have served and soldiers still serving our country. He orchestrates the Military Night for Veterans at the Suring-Lena basketball game. The event has become an annual night to recognize local soldiers and veterans and includes speakers and programs to educate the community about their service, traditions, and sacrifices. December’s event helped raise $2,445 for injured Marines.
A U.S. Marine veteran, Christensen has also orchestrated a Flag Day program at Woodland Village Nursing Home in Suring, where he serves as director. He is an active member of the American Legion, providing military funeral honors to those who have served. His son is currently serving in the military. He is a volunteer with the Suring High School basketball team. He makes sure the team visits the elderly and has taken them to visit a veterans home. His whole family is active in the community.
The Gillett Area Ambulance Service was nominated for their ongoing community service for almost 55 years. The non-profit ambulance service is run by volunteers and covers 220 square miles fromAnderson Lake in Mountain south to Krakow. Its 38 members are dedicated to serving the people of the area.
“We are here when the public needs help,” said Julie Yonker, squad director. First responder/EMTs are continually upgrading their training through refresher classes, seminars, and training sessions. The group maintains three fully equipped ambulances at their Gillett and Suring stations as well as a rescue sled and an all-season ATV. The service averages 400 to 450 calls per year and logs 26,280 on-call hours annually.
Pat Thomson of Oconto Falls was nominated for her volunteer efforts at MeadowLands Assisted Living. Her service began when her mother resided there and she would visit every day and visit with the residents she met in the hallways, dining room, or even reaching out to them in their apartments. It was not unusual to see her with flowers to brighten a resident’s day or as a gift from her and her mom for a birthday. Her mom has since passed on, but the residents of MeadowLands have not been forgotten. She comes every day that she can make it, which is usually five to six days a week. Her other priority is spending time with family at school events or having them over for a meal. She also works diligently for the United Methodist Church of Oconto Falls as a secretary.
She comes to the assisted living center to help serve meals at the supper hour. She creates conversation amongst the residents, remembers their birthdays, pays them compliments, and calls them by name. She makes and shares homemade treats, including her special hot fudge for the annual ice cream social. Her smiles and personality are so appreciated by the residents and staff. For the time she spends with them, they recognize her as an Ordinary Hero.
 Carla Van Camp of Townsend was nominated for her 32 years of volunteer service with the Townsend-Lakewood rescue squad. One notable aspect of her service is that she owns and operates Karla’s Kountry Kitchen, which is mostly a one person operation. When her rescue pager goes off, she flips the “open” sign to “closed,” and asks her customers to leave payment on the counter and the last person out to lock the door. That means that her volunteer service results in a loss of income for the day.
Running her café, Van Camp is the hub of the community. Many of her customers are well into their retirement years. If one of her regulars is not at the counter for breakfast, she calls or drives to check on them. If someone’s car breaks down, she has one to lend. If someone is going to visit a friend in a nursing home, she has soup to send. She is forever cooking or working for local organizations or helping individuals in need. She also funds a scholarship in honor of her deceased husband. She has been referred to as “a treasure living in Townsend.”
 Joyce Vizelka of Oconto Falls was nominated for her community service with Home Respite Care and Grace Lutheran Church. She has been active with Home Respite Care since it was started in 1993. She became a member of its board of directors in 1998, and has been its president for the past six years. Every year she takes the lead role in organizing the major fundraiser for the organization, “Taste of Oconto County.” She collects donations from businesses throughout Northeastern Wisconsin and organizes the auction and raffles. She personally contributes a lot of time and items for this fundraiser.
She has been a volunteer for many families in the Oconto Falls area who have needed assistance and relief while caring for a loved one. She has also given a lot of time and effort to activities through GraceLutheran Church. She has organized funeral dinners and has been active in a sewing group making quilts for people in need.
“We celebrate these everyday heroes who go out of their way to make a difference,” said Nancy Williquette, Community Healthcare Foundation Director. The Heroes will be honored at the foundation’s Spring Fling Wine, Beer and Cheese Tasting Friday, April 5th, 6:00 p.m. at Red Maple Country Club in Suring. The event features tastings, hors d’oeuvres, music, raffles, and the Celebrating Ordinary Heroes awards and floral auction.
Tickets are $20 at the door and on sale now at all CMH locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls, and Suring.
Event sponsors include BelGioioso Cheese, Captain’s Walk Winery, Dean Distributing, Flower Shoppe, Forgotten Fire Winery, Fox Ridge Game Farm, GG’s Cheese Mart, Hinterland Brewing, Leinenkugels, Marquart Auto, Mercier’s Fast Stop, MeadowLands Assisted Living, Lake Breeze Cheese, Wine & Gifts, Let Me Be Frank Productions, MK Photography, Meatski’s, Northwoods Distillery, Papa’s Kitchen, Parallel 44 Winery, Pine Needles Quilters, Saputo Cheese, Sartori Cheese, Sweet Memories Candy Shoppe, Titletown Brewery, Triangle Distributing, Triggerpoint Myotherapy, OEC Radio Shack, von Stiehl Winery, Wayne’s Restaurant, and Wine Premiere.

CMH Falls Prevention Success Shared at State Conference

Preventing patient falls is a high priority at Community Memorial Hospital, and hospitals across the state had the opportunity to learn from its recent success at the Wisconsin Hospital Association “Partners for Patients” conference.

Community Memorial Hospital was one of three hospitals in the state on an expert panel presentation of best practices for preventing patient falls. Colleen Koski, RN, represented CMH as a key team leader in the CMH falls prevention program which has successfully reduced the patient falls rate by 50% since 2008.

The CMH initiative involves three important steps in falls prevention. The first is having a standardized process for identifying patients who are at risk of falls. Second is strict adherence to established protocols which include patient placement in rooms closest to the nurses station, activation of chair and bed alarms, and use of bright yellow colored identifying blankets, socks, wristbands, and door markers which help all hospital staff identify at-risk patients on sight. The third component is hourly rounding, or patient checks.

“We promote a culture of safety with a hospital-wide approach to falls prevention to achieve a heightened awareness of all caregivers from every discipline.” said Koski.

The CMH falls prevention team consists of Carol Winegarden, RN, Director of Quality Services; Colleen Koski, RN, Patient Care Services Manager; Tim Soper, RN; Paula Bake, RN; and Deb Wesolowski, RN.

“By getting involved in the Partners for Patients initiative, we saw an opportunity for sharing of best practices with other hospitals,” said Koski. “We shared our strategies for success, and we learned some new ideas for taking the next step in falls prevention, community outreach beyond the hospital setting.”

The state conference, “Catch the Wisconsin Wave,” hosted by the Wisconsin Hospital Association, is part of the “Partners for Patients” national program to promote patient safety and reduce incidence of injury or complication in the hospital setting. Achieving program targets could save up to $35 billion across the nation’s health care system over three years, including up to $10 billion for Medicare alone, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The CMH Pharmacy is now open at Pat’s Market, 117 N. McKenzie St.

The CMH Pharmacy is now open at Pat’s Market, 117 N. McKenzie St. The full-service pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is staffed by pharmacist Angie Lane, PharmD.

“We are proud to partner with Pat’s Market, a convenient location for our patients, to provide a full-service pharmacy,” said Jason Knox, RPh, Pharmacy Manager.
City officials, business leaders, and community members from Gillett and Oconto Falls participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, celebrating the opening of the CMH Pharmacy in Gillett.
Gillett has been without a pharmacy since 1997, when Russell’s Low Drug closed its doors with the retirement of its owner pharmacist Ken Geiger, after 21 years in business. For the past four years, community members have been able get their prescriptions filled at the CMH Gillett Primary Care Clinic through telemedicine technology.
The new CMH Gillett healthcare team Michele Laduron, NP, Genadi Maltinski, MD, and pharmacist Angie Lane, PharmD. “We are very pleased to bring a full-service pharmacy back to the Gillett community,” said Dr. Genadi Maltinski, who has been practicing family medicine in Gillett since 1997. He and nurse practitioner Michele Laduron provide family medicine services at the CMH Gillett Primary Care Clinic.

The CMH Pharmacy offers free mail-out service, and prescription refills can be phoned in at any time of day at (920) 848-6323. CMH now fills prescriptions at six locations across Oconto County, in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls, and Suring.

SPRING FLING TICKETS ON SALE Wine, Cheese & Beer Tasting April 5

SPRING FLING TICKETS ON SALE
Wine, Cheese & Beer Tasting April 5

Suring, WI, March 1, 2013—Tickets are on sale now for the annual Spring Fling Wine, Cheese & Beer Tasting on Friday, April 5th, 6:00 p.m. at Red Maple Country Club. The 8th annual event hosted by Community Healthcare Foundation features wine, cheese, beer, and other samplings; raffles; music; and the Celebrating Ordinary Heroes awards and floral auction.

“The Spring Fling is a wonderful event where the community can enjoy a nice evening, support a great cause, and learn about the good work being done by some of our local heroes.” said Nancy Williquette, Community Healthcare Foundation Director. “We had a wonderful turnout at last year’s event, and we again have expanded our variety of offerings. Wines from von Stiehl, Captain’s Walk, Parallel 44, and Forgotten Fire wineries. Beer varieties from Dean Distributing, Leinenkugels, and Triangle Distributing, including local brews by Titletown Brewery and Hinterland. Cheese from BelGioioso, GG’s Cheese Mart, Saputo, and Sartori. Other offerings include chocolates by Sweet Memories, specialty rums from Northwoods Distillery and sausage varieties from Meatski’s.”

Tickets are available for $20 at all CMH locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls, and Suring, including the new CMH Pharmacy in Gillett, as well as from Community Healthcare Foundation Board Members and CMH staff. Tickets are also available at the door for $20. Admission includes unlimited samplings, a commemorative wine or beer glass, and hors d’oeuvres.

Event sponsors include the Flower Shoppe, Fox Ridge Game Farm, Marquart Auto, Mercier’s Fast Stop, Meadowlands Assisted Living, Let Me Be Frank Productions, MK Photography, Papa’s Kitchen, Triggerpoint Myotherapy, OEC Radio Shack, Wayne’s Restaurant, Lake Breeze Cheese, Wine & Gifts, and Wine Premiere.

Community Healthcare Foundation provides opportunities for community members to support its mission to improve the health care of the community by enhancing the medical services available throughout Oconto County at Community Memorial Hospital and the CMH Primary Care Clinics, and by providing local healthcare education scholarships. For more information about Community Healthcare Foundation visit www.cmhospital.org or call (920) 846-3444.

Your Land. Your Legacy

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans – Wolf River Associates presents…..

You worked hard to build a family business. Take steps to help ensure your farm stays in the family.
Join us for a free, 60-minute educational workshop
Gain a basic understanding of how you can:
• Identify and overcome transition obstacles.
• Protect your assets today and in the future.
• Develop a plan to smoothly transition your farm and maintain family harmony.
Sign up today!
Call Stacey by April 2nd at (715) 524-1951 or email at stacey.eggleston@thrivent.com

This workshop will be presented by Dennis Degidio along with the Wolf River Associates team; Dave Passehl, FIC; Scott Parson, FIC, CLTC; Mick Siolka, FIC, and Emilie Baugnet, FIC

A complimentary lunch will be served during the workshop.
Keeping the Farm in the Family
Tuesday, April 9th 2013
Romy’s Holiday Inn at Kelly Lake
9600 E County Highway G
Suring, WI

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the United States.
No products will be offered for sale at this workshop.
For additional important disclosure information, please visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

Special Thanks to Community Memorial Hospital for hosting the membership meeting this month.

Special Thanks to Community Memorial Hospital for hosting the membership meeting this month.

Tim Murphy, advertising sales executive at the Oconto County Times Herald and The Bonus, shows the advertising supplement called the Summer Fun Guide while speaking at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in February. Tim explained advertising opportunities for business owners, and managing editor Joan Koehne told about the history of the newspaper and how to publicize events and employee milestones in the newspaper. Contact Tim at tmurphy@octimesherald.com or Joan at editorial@octimesherald.com to learn more.

CMH Offers Free CPR Training

A free course at Community Memorial Hospital teaches lifesaving skills including CPR basics, AED use, and choking relief. The three-hour “Family & Friends CPR” course designed by the American Heart Association is for anyone who wants to learn simple, lifesaving skills for adults, infants, and children.

“New parents, babysitters, and grandparents will especially want to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn lifesaving skills in just one morning,” said CMH training site coordinator Kathy Henne, RN. CMH is a training site for the American Heart Association.

The “Family & Friends” course is taught by registered nurses. It consists of hands-on learning and is open to anyone age 12 and older. Participants will receive a skills handbook and participation card.

Registration is now open for April 6 and June 8 classes. Classes are Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. To register for either of these dates, visit http://www.cmhospital.org/signup_form.html. For more information, contact Kathy Henne at (920) 848-6325. Class size is limited.