Monthly Archives: November 2014

Oconto Falls Project Update

The watermain and sanitary sewer is finished on STH 22/Chestnut Avenue from Highland Drive south to Columbia Street. The contractor completed some asphalt paving restoration and housekeeping activities are planned in this area today, tomorrow and next week. Access will be much improved except when crews are working during daylight hours.

Main Street from Cherry Street to Union Avenue is the final phase of the project. Watermain and sanitary sewer main work on Main Street has progressed well based on the poor construction weather that has occurred the last several weeks. The last of the sanitary sewer main and watermain went into the ground yesterday at the Union Avenue intersection. The new laterals for watermain and sanitary sewer have progressed from Cherry Street toward Union Avenue. Crews are anticipating to have the laterals completed from Cherry Street to Central Avenue on Monday and the remainder of laterals for Main Street next Wednesday or early in the first week of December. Pavement replacement will be follow immediately behind the replacement of the laterals. The schedule is to have all work completed by December 5th and housekeeping activities to be finalized shortly after.

The detour for STH 22 traffic will continue to be Highland Drive. Travelers should plan alternate routes to access destinations near the construction area. This construction schedule is weather dependent and may change slightly. With the closing of STH 22/Main Street from Cherry Street to Union Avenue, it is recommended that traffic approaching from the west use the cross streets as much as possible to approach destinations along Main Street. Traffic from the east will have access to Chestnut Avenue from Highland Avenue.

Thank you for your patience during the construction project as the contractor is making progress, but a few more weeks persist for the project. Please feel free to email me or call me at 920-366-0970 with any questions or concerns. In addition, if you know any businesses or residents along STH 22 that do not receive this update, please forward their email information to me and I will add them to the list for future updates.

Craig Schuh

Latest DNR Report

White TailEarly snowstorm drops 1 to 2 feet of snow in northern Wisconsin; white-tailed deer rut still going strong

An early fall snowstorm dropped a foot or more of snow across northern Wisconsin this week. Snow depths ranged from 1 to 2 inches through central Wisconsin to nearly 2 feet in parts of Iron and Vilas counties.

While the snow may have snowmobilers and skiers itching to hit the trails, most snowmobile trails in Wisconsin do not open until early to mid-December following the gun and muzzleloader deer seasons. Many snowmobile trails are on private property through easements with landowners that usually don’t begin until Dec. 1. Using trails before they are open can jeopardize those easements with landowners and damage trails making it more difficult for groomers when they can get out.

A number of state forest properties – including the Northern Highland-American Legion, Brule River and Flambeau River state forests — indicated they would be rolling, or packing down cross-country ski trails, but not setting tracks. Cross-country skiers may ski on the packed trails, but they also remain open to hikers and snowshoers until they are groomed for skiing. Many hunters use these trails to access hunting sites, so they too will not be groomed until after deer season. Archery deer and other game seasons are open now and hunting and trapping in state parks opens Nov. 15, so skiers, snowshoers and hikers should wear bright colored or blaze orange clothing if hitting the trails this weekend.

Deer are in full rut throughout the state and bucks can be seen pursuing does throughout the day. Bow hunters — and motorists — have been seeing a lot of deer activity, and there have been reports across the state of many large bucks being shot. The snow in the north has made it much easier spotting deer and other wildlife.

Pheasant hunters have been successful and the snow and cold brought many more northern waterfowl into the state with large flocks moving south along the Mississippi and along the western shore of Lake Michigan making for some incredible duck hunting this week.

A few of the smaller and shallow Northwoods lakes have developed a thin layer of ice cover, but the majority of lakes were still open but the deep snow across most of the north has nearly all boat landings inaccessible and, for all practical purposes, the open-water fishing season has come to an abrupt end. Single-digit low temperatures are in the forecast for the next few days and will likely result in many lakes becoming completely iced over but early season ice will be thin and dangerous and any thoughts of early ice fishing should be put on hold for a few weeks yet.

Anglers fishing Lake Michigan harbors and piers have been dwindling but those out have been catching a few brown and rainbow trout and a few are still being caught on tributaries but flows are low and the run is winding down. Walleye and sauger continue to be caught on Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River below the dam in Prairie du Sac.

Sandhill crane numbers are probably near peak or beginning to decline at traditional staging areas. Good numbers of pine siskins are being seen statewide and more snowy owls moved into the state this week so folks should keep an eye out.

Avenue of Lights

LightsThe Oconto Falls Lioness Club presents the Avenue of Lights

We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with you & your family!

Schedule of Events

Lighting Ceremony:  Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 6:00 PM at the East Side Beach

Musical entertainment will begin at 6:00 PM with the lighting at 6:30 PM.

Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be handing out gifts to the children! Cookies & hot cocoa will be served!

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Oconto Falls Lioness Club, PO Box 94, Oconto Falls, WI  54154

Information: oflionessclub@gmail.com