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ENCORE!


Students from six area schools, including Oconto Falls High School, Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls Elementary School, Abrams Elementary School, Pulaski Middle School, and Pulaski High School recently participated in ENCORE!, a co-curricular ensemble of singers and dancers! Many of the students took part in the Oconto Falls School District Summer School program to learn about more about singing and dancing. The ensemble performed as the Opening Act for the Wisconsin Singers on October 27, singing several selections, including I Believe In Music, Celebrate, Dancing in the Street, The Loco-motion, The Twist, Boogie Fever, Rhythm of the Night, Twist and Shout, and Down at the Twist and Shout. ENCORE! also had a one hour clinic with the Wisconsin Singers in preparation for their combined performance of Ease On Down The Road. Special thanks to the parent volunteers and Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts volunteers for their assistance with the potluck meal and performance! Members of the ENCORE! 2017 ensemble are:

Keith Archiquette, Khloe Archiquette, Novalee Bauer, Addison Borst, Kiera Danielczak, Hailey Ferfecki, Gustav Frisack, Mara Grasse, Camden Jackson, Mackenzie Jackson, Audryn Just, Alex Kamke, Lyndsey Luebke, Mckenzie Miller, Peter Murphy, Cedar Olson, Gracelin Ott, Abigail Peterson, Elizabeth Radtke,

Isabella Rennie, Connor Romandine, Haley Schwantes, Faith Shamburek, Grace Shamburek, Andrea Waschbisch Spang, Aidan Spillane, Mackenzie Staidl, Calea Wirtley, Charis Wirtley, Jessica Wolford, and Megan Zielinski. The choral director for the ensemble is Amy Thiel and the choreographer is Anne Renier.

Recycle Unwanted or Broken Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is accepting broken and/or unwanted Christmas lights now through Jan. 26, 2018.

Anyone who would like to drop off their working or non-working Christmas lights can leave them in the electronics recycling box on the ground floor, near the entrance to the cafeteria at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, located at 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

“Millions of Christmas lights are discarded each year in the United States,” said Dan Rocheleau, Campus and Sustainability Facilitator at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “Many people do not know that Christmas lights can be recycled, and we encourage others to do their part in keeping this recyclable product out of our landfills.”

The Christmas light collection is sponsored by The Green Team – a group of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) – Eastern Wisconsin Division colleagues that share the common goal of identifying and implementing sustainability programs that support the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis’ mission of reverence for the earth.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Warm Winter Clothing Drive

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invites local communities to participate in its Warm Winter Clothing Drive by dropping off new or gently-used, and clean, coats and clothing. All will be donated to Kingdom Come Food Pantry in Oconto Falls, which serves as many as 200 families in need each week.

Hospital colleagues and community members can place their donated items in the collection boxes set outside the cafeteria and imaging department inside HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Donations will be collected through Monday, Nov. 6. Coats and clothing of all sizes are needed.

According to www.onewarmcoat.org, a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Children have a harder time learning, and adults can’t work as effectively. For the nearly 15-percent of Americans living in poverty, a warm coat could solve these problems.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital to Honor Pastoral Care Week, Oct. 22 – 28

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will celebrate Pastoral Care Week Oct. 22-28, in honor of those who serve in various ministries and provide spiritual healing to others in need.

Held first in 1984, Pastoral Care Week is sponsored by the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings Network, a national organization of pastoral care providers, professionals, chaplains, and a faith group endorser. Now in its 33rd year, the week-long observance recognizes the importance of spirituality and spiritual leaders as a part of the healing process.

“Pastoral caregivers make rounds to visit patients every day and are on-call after hours to provide spiritual assistance to patients and their families,” explains Mary Salm, Director of Spiritual Care, HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “During times of illness, knowing someone cares brings a sense of healing and hope to the sick and their families. They make frequent visits, offer support, share prayers and simply listen to patients.”

Each day, pastoral caregivers are invited into the life experiences of women, men, children and organizations. Pastoral Care Week provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate with chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers for bringing many gifts to the process of restoration to patients, young and old.

“Pastoral Care Week is a wonderful time to recognize those providing spiritual care within our community,” says Salm. “We are celebrating the work of our chaplains this week, but we also want to celebrate the work of the many other clergy and spiritual leaders throughout the area who faithfully visit their parishioners during hospital stays.”

All those who provide pastoral care to others, regardless of faith tradition, whether clergy or not, those who give pastoral care in specialized settings such as hospitals, prisons, businesses, industries, long-term care facilities, pastoral counseling centers, hospices, military settings, nursing homes, congregations of sisters, priests and brothers, schools, universities, seminaries, and many more – HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital celebrates them and appreciates all they do for our patients and the community.

Treat-and-Greet Community Event Thursday, Oct. 26

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and its partner, Prevea Health, invite the community to Treat-and-Greet on Thursday, Oct. 26 on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

A free, family-friendly event, Treat-and-Greet will feature trick-or-treating, refreshments, and the opportunity to tour the hospital campus and learn about the diversity of services provided. Attendees can “trick-or-treat” throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building where Prevea Health offers a variety of specialty care.

Treat-and-Greet

  • 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 835 Main St., in Oconto Falls
  • The event will take place throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building.

Candy, goodies and educational material will be handed out to the “trick-or-treaters”; and providers will be on hand to greet all attendees and answer questions about the services they offer. Costumes are not required but are encouraged for children and adults. Guests of all ages are welcome!

Prevea Welcomes Lena Native, Dr. Stacee Goedtel Birr

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are pleased to welcome Dr. Stacee
Goedtel Birr, a board-certified family medicine physician, to see patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center.

Dr. Goedtel Birr specializes in the following:
• Routine care for children, adults and elderly
• Preventive medicine and health maintenance
• Osteopathic medicine and manipulative treatment
• Women’s care
• Pregnancy care up to 28 weeks
• Dermatology
• Minor skin procedures
• Minor psychiatric illness

Dr. Goedtel Birr, originally from Lena, Wis., completed medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and residency at Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency in Appleton. She is thrilled to be back in the area to care for patients so close to her hometown.

“My approach to providing quality patient care includes getting to know the patient and involving them in choosing a treatment plan that works best for them,” said Dr. Goedtel Birr. “I believe we must agree on a course of action that is simple and cost-effective, yet complex enough to accomplish all our goals.”

Dr. Goedtel Birr joins Dr. Amy Romandine Kratz, a primary care sports medicine physician and Oconto Falls native, who started her practice with Prevea in 2016. Both are now seeing patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, 835 S. Main St., located on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Appointments with Dr. Goedtel Birr and Dr. Romandine Kratz can be made by calling (920) 846-8187.

Dr. Amy Romandine Kratz Appointed Medical Director of Health Centers in Oconto Falls and Mountain

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are pleased to announce Dr. Amy
Romandine Kratz as medical director of the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center and the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Mountain Health Center.

As medical director of these rural health centers, Dr. Romandine Kratz will develop, execute and review the health centers’ policies and services. She joined the Prevea family in 2016 as a primary care sports medicine physician, and continues to see patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center and the Prevea Ashwaubenon Health Center.

Dr. Romandine Kratz grew up in Oconto Falls, graduating from Oconto Falls High School in 2005. She graduated medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; completed residency at the University of Wisconsin Health Fox Valley Family Medicine; and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at RiverStone Health in Billings, Montana. Dr. Romandine Kratz is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center is located on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 835 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Mountain Health Center is located at 14353 Hwy 32/64 in Mountain.

WISCONSIN SINGERS TO PERFORM ON OCTOBER 27

wisconsin SingersThe Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts are proud to present THE WISCONSIN SINGERS – with Opening Act ENCORE! as part of their 2017-2018 Fine Arts Series. The performance will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located in Oconto Falls High School.

UW-Madison’s most talented singers, dancers and instrumentalists, the Wisconsin Singers, will take the stage at with a Broadway-caliber show that promises to entertain your whole family. You won’t want to miss the Wisconsin Singers newest show, Can’t Stop Dancing! With more than sixty songs from timeless legends like Sam Cooke and Fred Astaire, to current pop icons such as Black Eyed Peas and Taylor Swift, you’ll enjoy every minute of this high energy show. Broadway fans will love well-known numbers from 42nd Street, Hairspray, and Dear Evan Hansen; while kids of all ages will enjoy moments from Sesame Street, and the Mighty Power Rangers.
The celebrated Singers band rocks the house with an impressive medley of a tribute to 50 years of band features and a tribute to big band swing. Badger fans will love the Singers’ rendition of the famous Fifth Quarter where audiences sing Varsity and dance to Jump Around. This performance features area singers and dancers representing grades 5-12 in ENCORE!

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ocontofallsfriendsofthearts.com, by mail, or at the door. This event is sponsored by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts with additional sponsorship provided by ST Paper and Neva Hodge Lemorande. For more information, call (920) 848-7469/(920) 848-SHOW.

MEMORY LANE Dinner & Show

Daddy D Productions presents MEMORY LANE
Dinner & Show

Fine Arts Series Celebration and Fundraiser
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Romy’s Holiday Inn-Kelly Lake
Tickets: $45

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.

Seating is limited –Advanced ticket sales only

FINE ARTS CELEBRATION SET FOR OCTOBER 1

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 www.ocontofallsfriendsofthearts.com or by calling (920) 848-7469. Seating is limited –Advanced ticket sales only