Time to AMP IT UP!!!

NWTC in Oconto Falls is pleased to offer two FREE learning sessions to the Oconto Falls Area this spring.  Open to adults, these sessions are titled:  What’s Your Brand?  and How do You Share?  These will be offered from 5-7pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  Each attendee will get to participate in both sessions.

The “What’s Your Brand” session will help you learn what your online presence looks like and what you can do to improve your image and future connections through online media.  Do you have things posted on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that might be considered questionable by a future employer?  Not sure?  How does your boss and co-workers perceive you at work based on your personal pages?  This session will address these questions and more.

In the “How Do You Share?” session, you will gain an understanding of what social media and photography now have in common and how you can share photos with family, friends and professional sites.  You will be taught about photo placement as well as sharing on a variety of types of social media.  You may even learn a few tips to improve the quality of your photos.

Just call 920-848-6982 to sign up – it’s FREE.

NWTC Oconto Falls
649 E. Jackson St
Oconto Falls, WI  54154

AMP it up


Krueger PhotoOconto Falls High School is proud to present the Steinway Centerstage XI Concert on Sunday, April 6, 2014 in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located in Oconto Falls High School.  The concert will begin at 2:00 p.m. and feature many talented area pianists of all ages, representing the piano studios of Kathryn Brown, Tammy Framnes, Laura Kanzenbach,Carol Ann Lemke, Grace Skaletski, and Julie Spillane.  David Polashek, Superintendent of the Oconto Falls Area Schools will be the emcee.  This year’s special guest artist will be pianist Justin Krueger.

Justin has been an active teacher and pianist for the past ten years.  He began playing the piano at age five and has always enjoyed sharing the gift of music with others whether it be in church, accompanying for various productions and soloists, or on the concert stage as a solo performer.  He has won several accolades for both his performance and his teaching and was recently selected to present on the topic of teaching with technology at the West Virginia State Music Teacher Conference as well as the National MTNA conference.

He is active as an MTNA member as well, currently teaching in a small studio setting in addition to his duties as director of music at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morgantown, WV.  He has completed previous degree work at both Wichita State University and St. Norbert College and plans to complete his DMA degree in May of this year at West Virginia University.

The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Donations will be accepted at the door.

Amy Thiel
Choral Director
Oconto Falls High School
210 N. Farm Road
Oconto Falls, WI  54154
(920) 848-4467 ext. 1017

NEW Corporate Conference Center at NWTC

Check out the NEW Corporate Conference Center at NWTC!

NWTC Conferance CenterThe corporate conference center (CCC) at NWTC is your new “go to” venue for meetings and conferences. It provides a professional, flexible meeting space for groups of 12 up to 150 people. The CCC provides a fresh, modern look and comfortable ergonomic furnishings. It is conveniently located on the NWTC Green Bay campus.

Amenities available on site include:
• Catering
• Experienced, attentive NWTC staff who will take care of all your meeting details
• Free parking
• Dining space
• Break out space
• Multiple room configuration options
• Technical assistance
• Free WI-FI

Equipment available for your event includes:
• 80’Sharp Smart Board
• Portable staging
• PA system
• In-house sound system
• Video conference technology

For more information about the center and room rental rates, please contact Leslie Ward at leslie.ward@nwtc.edu, 920-498-6373 or 1-800-422 NWTC ext. 6373.

Little Shop of Horrors Coming to Abrams

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Abrams Theatre Presents “Little Shop of Horrors”
Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. will present, Little Shop of Horrors (Book by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith) Friday, April 4, 2014 – April 13, 2014 at The Byng Community Theater in Abrams.
A down and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!
Opening night is Friday, April 4 at 7:00pm.  Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. will be celebrating by having an Opening Night Gala.  Patrons that attend opening night will receive complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks after the show (with the cast and crew).
Subsequent show dates are as follows:
April 5th at 1pm & 7pm
April 6th at 1pm
April 11th at 7pm
April 12th at 1pm & 7pm
April 13th at 1pm
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.


Beer vendor Dr Maltinski with prizes shown Gail at w & C kim at W & C9th Annual Spring Fling hosted by the Community Healthcare Foundation, Fri., April 4th at Red Maple Country Club, Suring. This years’ event will have a “Casino Night” theme! Participants can sample varieties of wine, beer, and other spirits as well as cheeses and desserts. In addition to trying your luck at the casino games, there will be raffles, a silent auction and other games. Tickets will be $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Purchase your tickets online by CLICKING HERE

Friday, April 4, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

Red Maple Country Club
501 Golf Course Rd.
Suring, WI 54174

OF Elementary Snowshoes

Even though a surge of warm weather early this week caused a fair amount of melting, the remaining deep snow cover on the hill behind Oconto Falls Elementary provided a great opportunity for students to test their skills at using snowshoes.

Snowshoe P.E. 3.11.14

Each student in third, fourth, and fifth grade gets an hour long experience on the snowshoes as part of Rochell Otto’s physical education classes.  This is part of her program each year when the snow conditions are right.  Last year students did not have a chance to use them because of limited snow.  Obviously, this was a fun activity based on the smiles on these travelers.  Experience the great outdoors is a priority for these students and visitors to the Oconto Falls area.

Birch-Sturm Fellowship Goes to Lion Jim

Patenaude Birch Sturm 3.6.14The February meeting of the Oconto Falls Lions Club was quite out of the ordinary for two reasons.  First, because District Governor Peter Andre and his wife Gayle brought greetings.  Second, not only did DG Andre bring his wife, he also brought along a Birch Sturm Fellowship plaque, which was part of a surprise presentation to Lion Jim Patenaude.

In 1990, the Birch-Sturm Fellowship was created by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation to honor those individuals who exemplify undying dedication and commitment to the Lions organization. The Fellowship is named after Wisconsin’s only International Presidents, Frank V. Birch and Clarence L. Sturm who were great supporters of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation.

Lion Jim joined the Oconto Falls Lions in November, 1995 and was sponsored was Richard Delvaux.  Jim worked his way through the officer ranks and served as Club President in 2001-2002.  He served as the club treasurer for 11 years and recently stepped down in 2013.

The annual rose sale was an idea he initiated and continues to chair.  He also was the spark behind bringing Frank’s Christmas Show to the Falls Area Performing Arts Center.

Jim was the driving force with the Lions resurrecting of the operation at the tubing hill at River Island.  Jim did a lot of research on this, led the fund drive to get a new rope. got the place inspected and licensed for operation, organized training of supervisors, and coordinated the volunteer schedule when it started.  As a result of the reopening of the hill, the club got a number of new members.  Given his people skills, he has been a great organizer of social events, an important part of club membership.  He is a great idea man and has got lots of projects off the ground.  He has been a great asset to the club and the community and very deserving of this recognition.

District Governor Andre was proud to present the Fellowship to Lion Jim and congratulated the club on its many positive efforts in the community.

Pictured on the right is Lion Jim Patenaude and on the left is Club President Shane Senn.  The two posed for pictures at the club’s recent board meeting.


All tickets subject to a $2 processing fee

Back by popular demand—DORF KAPELLE celebrates its 25th season as it continues to thrill audiences of all ages throughout Wisconsin. Capturing the traditional ethnic style of the typical European Village Band, director Ernest Broeniman and this group of outstanding musicians are dedicated to the reproduction of European wind music, including polkas, marches, and waltzes. DORF KAPELLE is sure to bring you the finest in authentic folk music of Germany, Austria, Switzerland & the Czech Republic.   Advanced ticket sales only—seating is limited.

DNR Report

Warm weather reduces snow cover in the south, deep snow persists in the north

Some very warm weather early in the week, reaching into the 50s statewide, has taken a toll on winter sports conditions, especially in the southern half of the state. The warm weather melted a lot of snow in a hurry leaving a muddy mess in far southern areas and water standing in many fields and yards. Many southern facing slopes in the south are now snow free, much to the delight of wildlife.

In the north, however, while snow settled some with the warm up, the deep snow persists. Snowmobile trails remain open and are still being reported as good to very good in many northern counties on the Department of Tourism’s Snow Conditions Report. Most state park and forest properties are reporting that cross-country ski grooming is likely over for the season, unless the state receives another big snowfall. Trails in the south are generally in poor condition, and while trails in the north are snow-covered, they have been icy in the mornings and soft and slushy as temperatures warm throughout the day.

State wildlife officials continue to monitor the harsh winter’s impact on deer and turkey. They continue to ask the public’s help in reporting any dead deer or turkeys to local wildlife biologists. And responding to many hunters’ concerns over turkey populations in the north, wildlife officials have announced that they will reduce the number of over-the-counter spring turkey permits available in some northern units.

Northern Wisconsin lakes are still solidly locked in ice, with 22 to 30 inches on most lakes with layers of slush on top, making travel very difficult. Lakes in southern Wisconsin have just begun to show signs of early break-up with some landings and shorelines having open water, especially near inlets and outlets. Wardens are cautioning people against driving any vehicles on river systems as they are also beginning to open up.

Ice fishing pressure has been pretty non-existent in the north, but this week’s warm weather did trigger some good panfish action on southern and central Wisconsin lakes. The milder weather brought out more anglers last weekend on Green Bay, where anglers continue to fish though deep ice with success for whitefish and northern pike reported along the east and west shore. There is some more open water in southeastern Lake Michigan harbors, but most are still locked in ice and anglers continue to catch brown and rainbow trout through the ice.

Raccoon, skunk, muskrat, mink, and opossum activity has increased as temperatures are increasing and snow is receding. River otter sign along creeks and streams may be more evident this time of year as male otters increase their movements during the March to April breeding season. Fox and gray squirrels are feeding furiously on nuts and seeds that have remained buried all winter under snow and ice, and males are actively pursuing females.

The spring bird migration is off to a tempered start with arrival of small numbers of sandhill cranes, red-winged blackbirds, and American robins in the south. Waterfowl rank among the earliest migrants and a good diversity of birds are now on the move. However, this winter’s extensive ice cover continues to take a toll on many diving ducks as numerous dead birds are showing up along the Lake Michigan shoreline as ice recedes.