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OFHS Choir students perform in WCDA All-State Choirs

All State Choir

(L to R) Alex Kamke, Camden Jackson, Andrea Waschbisch Spang, Hailey Ferfecki, Mackenzie Staidl, Peter Murphy, and Hunter Ryczek

Seven OFHS Choir students perform in WCDA All-State Choirs

The Oconto Falls High School Choirs were well-represented in the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association All-State Choirs on Saturday, January 13. The Choirs were part of the WCDA 2018 State Conference and performed at the historic Grand Theater in Wausau. Students were nominated by their choral director Amy Thiel and selected based on their exceptional vocal abilities, musicianship skills, and leadership qualities.

The 100-voice All-State Treble Clef Choir performed seven selections, including Sorida, A Zimbabwe Greeting, I See Heaven’s Glories Shine, Wir eilen mit schwachen doch emsigen Schritten, O Lux Beatissima, Morning Moon, and Isn’t That Something. The All-State Conductor was Dr. Mary Hopper, Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Studies at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Selected OFHS students were Hailey Ferfecki, daughter of John and Julie Ferfecki, Mackenzie Staidl, daughter of Jason and Rose Staidl, and and Andrea Waschbisch Spang, daughter of Sue Waschbisch and Craig Spang.

The 100-voice All-State Bass Clef Choir performed five selections under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Texas Christian University. Selections included Cantate Domino, She Walks in Beauty, John Schmoker, Music Makers – Dreamers of Dreams, and Plenty Good Room. Selected OFHS students were Camden Jackson, son of Jeff and Pam Jackson, Hunter Ryzcek, son of Ginny Dunsworth and Chad Ryczek, Alex Kamke, son of Mike and Kim Kamke , and Peter Murphy, son of Candice Behnke and Steve Murphy.

Annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction Feb. 13

Love_BasketsThe Oconto Falls-area community is invited to the annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction, hosted by the colleagues and Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s Dining Room and will feature an all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $9. The buffet will include the hospital’s signature hot chicken salad, ham and cheese sandwiches, a variety of sweet and savory salads, beverages and desserts. For more information on the Salad Luncheon or to make group reservations, contact Hope Hrabik at (920) 373-5774.

In support of the Partner’s Salad Luncheon on Feb. 13, employees of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host the Love Basket Silent Auction in the HSHS St. Clare Assisi Room from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the same day.

“The joint events are open to the public; bring your family and friends,” said Dawn Coppens, chairperson for the events. “Not only can you enjoy a delicious salad luncheon, you can shop for that special Valentine gift or a basket just for you. It’s a fun day for all!”

Themes for baskets vary from year to year. Popular baskets from previous years have included I Love the Packers, I Love Wine, I Love Gardening and I Love Birds. In addition to the silent auction for the baskets, raffle tickets are sold for love-themed bucket raffles. Bidding on the Love Baskets and raffle ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. For more information about the Love Basket Silent Auction or to donate a basket, call Lisa Terry at (920) 848-6348.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Partners, which raises money for health care improvements at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

A new year is a popular time to make a change for the better.

89952913 – 2018 happy new year and merry christmas frame with snow and real wood green pine

A new year is a popular time to make a change for the better.

1. Be realistic. The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make it unattainable. If your resolution is to eat healthy, start by eliminating one unhealthy food from your diet, instead of all unhealthy foods.

2. Keep resolutions to a minimum. Pick one or two specific resolutions and set reachable goals for them. Starting small with resolutions increases the likelihood of success.

3. Create a game plan and track it. Using a calendar or journal to monitor those few, challenging goals will dramatically improve your success rate.

4. Have a support system. Tell family members and friends about your resolution. Sharing your goals with others gives you more confidence and a higher level of accountability. If your resolution starts to waiver, others can help keep you motivated.

5. Stick to it. It takes approximately 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. Take one day at a time and don’t quit.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health recommend resolutions that focus on improving health, and, offer some tips on maintaining those resolutions throughout the year.

250 new toys at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, members of the Triple C Riders dropped off more than 250 new toys at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls to be distributed throughout the year to children who are being cared for, or, have a loved one being cared for at the hospital.

Matt Astleford, manager of the HSHS St. Clare Foundation, greeted the Triple C Riders upon their arrival Wednesday, and thanked them for their generous donation.

“HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is immensely grateful to the Triple C Riders and all who donated to their toy drive this year,” said Matt. “These toys will provide great joy and comfort to children in our hospital at a time they may need it most.”

The Triple C Riders are a non-profit organization designed to support the needs of Marinette, Menominee and Oconto Counties. They have been coordinating a toy drive for the last 8 years and donate to three hospitals in the area, including HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, each year around Christmastime.

Prevea Gets Cooking with Cobb:

Prevea Gets Cooking with Cobb: Randall’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Recipes
Now Available for Purchase Online

Shoppers in need of a unique gift idea, or perhaps, motivation to eat healthier after the holiday season, are in luck with a new cookbook released this summer by Prevea Health in partnership with wide receiver, Randall Cobb.

“My platform as a professional athlete allows me to influence people in a positive way,” said Randall Cobb. “This cookbook gives families something fun to do, and allows them to spend more time together in the kitchen and try different foods.”

Prevea Gets Cooking with Cobb: Randall’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Recipes is a compilation of recipes grouped into categories of healthy, 5 to 15-minute meals, 20 to 30-minute meals, 45 to 60-minute meals and snacks and desserts.

“Although many know Randall for his football success, many do not realize how deeply he cares for the health of our communities,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO at Prevea Health. “Through Prevea Gets Cooking with Cobb, we want to show families that cooking can be healthy, fun and easy, too.”

Prevea Gets Cooking with Cobb: Randall’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Recipes is available for purchase at www.prevea.com/cooking. The cost is $12.50, plus $1.50 for shipping and handling. A portion of the proceeds benefit HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.

OFHS CHOIRS PRESENT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CONCERT

The Oconto Falls High School Choirs under the direction of Miss Amy Thiel will be presenting “Home for the Holidays X” on Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. Pre-concert music will begin in the Commons Area at 6:10 p.m.

This year’s performances will include many holiday classics, including The First Noel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and O Come All Ye Faithful.

The four choirs, including Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Concert Choir and Chorale, will also join their voices to sing traditional favorites It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, The Christmas Song, and We Need A Little Christmas. In addition, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform an exciting arrangement of Jingle Bells and there will be many children’s favorites, including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake, and We Are Santa’s Elves.

The concert will conclude with the traditional Candlelight Processional— O Holy Night, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, and Joy to the World. Community members and alumni will again be asked to join the OFHS Choirs for the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah.

The concert is free and everyone is invited to attend!

OFHS and WMS Choir students attend in Singing In Wisconsin Festival

The Oconto Falls High School Choir and Washington Middle School Choir recently had selected students participate in the WCDA Singing In Wisconsin Festival on Saturday, November 11. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event sponsored by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. Choir students participated in rehearsals and clinic sessions throughout the day and presented a final concert at Chilton High School in the Engler Performing Arts Center. Four sites throughout the state invited students to share in a day of singing and performing, including Chilton, Chippewa Falls, Waukesha, and Wausau. Each site had four choirs performing – Youth Choir, Treble Clef Choir-Young Women, Bass Clef Choir-Young Men, and Mixed Choir-SATB. Over 1000 choral students participate in the event statewide.

Oconto Falls High School choir students were part of the Mixed Choir – SATB and performed The Cuckoo by Robert Hugh, All for the Best from Godspell by Stephen Schwartz, He Never Failed Me Yet by Robert Ray, and Cantate Deo from Water Music Suite by George Frederic Handel.

OFHS Choir student performers were: Emma Bliskey, Autumn Canavera, Madeline Dorn, Hailey Ferfecki, Gustav Frisack, Camden Jackson, Peter Murphy, Isabella Rennie, Lindsey Schuster, Aidan Spillane, Mackenzie Staidl, Andrea Waschbisch Spang, and Megan Zielinski. Students were nominated by OFHS Choral Director Amy Thiel.

Oconto Falls High School Choir students:
Row 1: Madeline Dorn and Lindsey Schuster
Row 2: Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Mackenzie Staidl, Megan Zielinski, and Andrea Spang
Row 3: Camden Jackson, Peter Murphy, Gustav Frisack, Aidan Spillane, Emma Bliskey, and Hailey Ferfecki

Washington MIddle School School Choir students participating in the Treble Choir performed Glory of Love by Billy Hill, Bright Morning Stars are Rising arr. Audrey Snyder, Someone to Watch Over Me by George Gershwin, and March of the Women by Ethel Smyth. The Bass Choir performed Cripple Creek arr. Emily Crocker, Wade in the Water arr. Dan Davison, Stand By Me arr. Roger Emerson, and All Shall Be Well by Carlotta Ferrari.

Washington Middle School performers included Kaitlyn Graham, Abigail Peterson, Kiera Danielczak, Emily Riebe, Christina Bauer, Khloe Archiquette, Alexandra Brown, Taylor Schuster, McKenzie Jackson, and Ashlynn Vanderheyden. Students were nominated by WMS Choral Director Rachel McCully.

Washington Middle School Choir students:
Row 1: Kaitlyn Graham, Abigail Peterson, Kiera Danielczak
Row 2: Emily Riebe, Christina Bauer, Khloe Archiquette, Alexandra Brown, Taylor Schuster, McKenzie Jackson, Ashlynn Vanderheyden

Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is looking for volunteers

Oconto Falls – The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is looking for kind, compassionate and hard-working volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks.

Volunteer duties can include greeting and escorting hospital guests and patients; clerical and data entry; and help with special events and fundraising projects. Volunteers can choose regularly scheduled hours, or, serve “on-call” for special projects.

There are many benefits to volunteering with the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Auxiliary,” said Regina Boettcher, Volunteer Services Clerical Support Assistant. “It is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, learn a new skill, experience a sense of connectedness and accomplishment, and have fun.”

Today, more than 30 people volunteer with the Auxiliary, giving their time, talent and resources to benefit HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Those interested in joining should contact Volunteer Services at (920) 838-6348 or Regina Boettcher at regina.boettcher@hshs.org. Student volunteers must be at least 15 years of age.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT CALENDAR – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

The Oconto Falls Music Department will be presenting a variety of concerts during the months of November and December! Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT CALENDAR – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

Friday, November 17 OFES Second Grade Concert
2:00 p.m. – Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Melody Kostreva, General Music Instructor

Saturday, November 25 Avenue of Lights
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. – East Side Beach
OFHS Choral Music Students perform
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Saturday, December 2 OFHS Choirs “Home for the Holidays X”
6:15 p.m. – Pre-Concert in the Commons
7:00 p.m. – Concert in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Monday, December 4 OFHS Choirs performance for Elementary Schools
8:35 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Friday, December 8 OFES First Grade Concert
2:00 p.m. – Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Melody Kostreva, General Music Instructor

Tuesday, December 12 OFHS Vocal Jazz performances in Green Bay
Fox 11 “Sounds of the Seasons performance
6:00 a.m. – 3:18 p.m.
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Tuesday, December 12 Washington Middle School Choir Concert
6:30 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Rachel McCully, Choral Director

Thursday, December 14 Abrams 5K-Grade 5 Holiday Concert
9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. in the Abrams Gymnasium
Mr. Jesse Baumgart, General Music Instructor

Friday, December 15 OFHS Choirs caroling in the community
During the day
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Monday, December 18 OFHS Winter Band Concert
7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Victoria Dominguez, Band Director

Tuesday, December 19 Washington Middle School Band Concert
6:30 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mr. Jeremy Seelig, Band Director

Wednesday, December 20 Abrams 4K Holiday Concert
9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. in the Abrams Gymnasium
*please note this change from the 2017-2018 School District calendar
Mr. Jesse Baumgart, General Music Instructor