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The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts Fine Arts Series continues its 2017-2018 season with Daddy D Productions – MEMORY LANE Dinner & Show on Sunday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m. The performance will be held at Romy’s Holiday Inn-Kelly Lake. Darren Johnson and the members of Daddy D Productions are back to share another afternoon of remarkable music, friendship, and good clean humor! They are continually inspired by the iconic variety shows of years past and add a big helping of Daddy D energy to create a winning combination! This year’s Daddy D Production brings you a musical celebration that takes you down Memory Lane and includes many of your musical favorites from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. This event also includes the Season 16 Fine Arts Celebration Fundraiser & Raffle and a chance to win numerous great prizes. Tickets are $45 and available online at or by calling (920) 848-7469. Seating is limited –Advanced ticket sales only

Book Fair & Gift Sale, Tuesday, Sept. 12

BOok FairThe Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host its bi-annual book fair and gift sale at the hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Books, music, greeting cards, toys, accessories and gifts for all ages will be for sale, with proceeds benefitting various projects and programs at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital – a faith-based, not-for-profit hospital.

Book Fair & Gift Sale
· Tuesday, Sept. 12
· 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls
o Assisi Rooms A & B

The Auxiliary has a long-standing history of financial support and community volunteers giving their time, talent and resources to benefit HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital; and, more volunteers are needed! If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a hospital volunteer, contact Regina Boettcher at (920) 848-6348.


Missoula Children’s Theatre presents

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 12 noon & 2:30 p.m.
Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $13 for adults and $8 for students

Join Missoula Children’s Theatre and 50-60 local students as they present BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST, an original country western adaptation of the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Beauty Lou is the oldest daughter of the bronc-bustin’ balladeer Buck. At the local county fair, young Beauty Lou is upset by the ungrateful behavior of a miner who has won the blue ribbon for his beautiful roses. She calls him a beast and wishes that he would look like one too. Years later, when in danger of losing the family farm, Buck meets the miner-turned-beast. Beauty Lou agrees to befriend the Beast to save her family. Beauty Lou and the Beast both learn to look beyond appearances and first impressions and to see the beauty that dwells inside. The story, set in the American West, also features Beauty Lou’s six sisters, her Imaginary Friend, her dog Fleabite Clyde, farmhands Slim and Dusty, the neighborly Country Folk and the Barnyard Critters.

Hospital Sisters Health System Named 2017 “Most Wired”

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), which has four hospitals located in Northeast Wisconsin, has been named “Most Wired” by the 19th Annual HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, released this month by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Hospital Sisters Health System’s Northeast Wisconsin locations include: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey showed that technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact. The investments hospitals and health systems, such as HSHS, have made in technology has been shown to improve communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. Furthermore, these new tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. Health care organizations must meet specific requirements of each of these four areas to be named “Most Wired.”

“Our dedicated and knowledgeable IT team at HSHS has worked tirelessly to bring the most advanced technology to our hospitals and clinics for our patients,” Mary Starmann-Harrison, HSHS President and CEO, said. “We have successfully integrated technology into every part of our health system, from patient care to our administrative operations. I’m extremely proud of our IT team and for this recognition that they have deservedly earned.”

In recent years, HSHS has leveraged technology to give patients several treatment options, which is especially critical in small, rural communities when seconds count. For instance, the Telestroke program provides quick access to neurology specialists that may be more than 100 miles away. The Telestroke program has been implemented at both HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. In addition to telehealth technology, HSHS has taken measures to ensure the security of patient information through the use of intrusion detection systems, and is transforming care delivery with the knowledge gained from data and analytics.

“Our technology initiatives have really strived to focus on patient-centered and patient-first care,” Dr. Ray Gensinger, HSHS Chief Information Officer said. “Technology has enabled us to serve patients and deliver high-quality health care like never before. Our efforts are cost-effective and convenient for the patients, which is the top priority.”

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The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts are excited to announce auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) production of BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST on Monday, July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located in Oconto Falls High School. Those auditioning should arrive at 8:40 a.m. and plan to stay until 11:00 a.m. Most of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. Students auditioning are expected to attend all rehearsals during the week AND both performances on Saturday, August 5.

Among the roles to be cast are Beauty Lou, Imaginary Friend, Beast, Dusty and Slim the farmhands, Fleabite Clyde the dog, the Younger Daughters, the Older Daughters, the Country Folk and the Barnyard Critters. Students entering 1st grade through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. The MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. In addition, special MCT theatre free workshops will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for all participants

BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST will be presented on Saturday, August 5 at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located in Oconto Falls High School. The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Oconto Falls is presented locally by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts with support from ST Paper and Neva Hodge Lemorande.

Pre-registration is encouraged and available online at by clicking on the Summer School link.

For more information, call the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts at (920) 848-7469.

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

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