Public, Local Media Invited to Open House on June 9

SCO_RegionalSurgeryCenterThe public and local media are invited to celebrate the opening of the new, HSHS St. Clare Regional Surgery Center at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls on Thursday, June 9.

The open house will feature tours of the new facility and the opportunity to the meet the HSHS St. Clare Regional Surgery Center team. Ice cream will be served in honor of June Dairy Month.

Open House
· Thursday, June 9
· 3:30 to 5 p.m.
· HSHS St. Clare Regional Surgery Center, 835 S. Main St., Oconto Falls

HSHS St. Clare Regional Surgery Center opened April 11, 2016 to allow for an expanded variety of adult and pediatric surgical procedures to be performed at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. This includes general and vascular surgery, colonoscopies, colon and breast cancer surgery, hernia repair, advanced laparoscopic surgeries, minimally invasive surgeries and new treatments for varicose veins. The surgery center team is led by Richard McNutt MD, FACS and Tina DeGroot, APRN.

Run for the Trails

Photo by MK Photography
Photo by MK Photography

Registration now open for the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce 2nd annual Run for the Trails 10k Run & 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run/Walk on Sat. June 4 at ST Paper Stadium, Oconto Falls High School. Proceeds benefit the creation, maintenance and promotion of a trail system in the Oconto Falls area. Plans will be unveiled for different phases of the new trail system, with construction on the first phase slated to start this year in Oconto Falls!

There are many new changes to the event this year. The start/finish will be at ST Paper Stadium at Oconto Falls High School. All 10k and 5k participants that choose to will receive a customized beach towel! The kids ½ mile run will be led by a huge line-up of costumed mascots like Buckle Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog, Smoky the Bear, Click-It Cricket, Vince & Larry the Crash Test Dummies, Scruff McGruff and of course the Oconto Falls Panther!  Also, taking place just a block away at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital campus after the run/walk is the Oconto County Health and Safety Fair – a fun and informative event for the entire family, plus chances to win prizes! 10k Run and 5k Run/walk participants will receive a free entry to win a Fitbit at the Health & Safety Fair!

The timed 10k/5k start at 7:30 am and the kids run approximately 9:15 am. Awards given for 10k/5k age/gender groups. For more information or to register TODAY visit

We are still seeking sponsorships to help support this new trail system by supporting this event. Please contact Gail Yatso at 920-846-8306 or for details.

OFHS Music Students Excel at State

State SingersOconto Falls High School Choir and Band students were well-represented at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, May 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Five OFHS vocal solo performances were selected as WSMA exemplary soloist nominees, representing the best performances at the state level. Congratulations to the following student musicians:

Kiana Archiquette, vocal solo – EXEMPLARY SOLOIST NOMINATION
Victoria Bain-Vrba, vocal solo
Emily Coopman, vocal solo
Jennifer Deau, vocal solo
Makenna Kussow, vocal solo
Kayla Sharboneau, vocal solo
Kaitlin Kramarczyk, vocal solo
Camden Jackson, vocal solo
Peter Murphy, vocal solo
Alex Kamke, vocal solo

Leah Wons, musical theater solo– EXEMPLARY SOLOIST NOMINATION
Victoria Bain-Vrba, musical theater solo – EXEMPLARY SOLOIST NOMINATION
Paige Bain-Vrba, musical theater solo
Kiana Archiquette, musical theater solo
Andrea Shamburek, musical theater solo

Cameron Box, drum set solo

Victoria Bain-Vrba & Paige Bain-Vrba, vocal duet
Ashley Baeten & Leah Wons, vocal duet

SSA Trio: Jaclyn Erickson, Simone Safian, & Emily Coopman
SSA Trio: Jennifer Deau, Leah Wons, & Ashley Baeten

Chamber Singers SSA Miscellaneous Ensemble: Andrea Shamburek,
Victoria Bain-Vrba, Emily Coopman, Danielle Bursa, Alexandria Clark, Michaela Meyer, Simone Safian, Jaclyn Erickson, Karley Krueger, Ashley Baeten, Adrianna Siech, & Brittany Wirtz

Chamber Singers SSA Miscellaneous Ensemble: Kiana Archiquette,
Leah Wons, Jennifer Deau, Ahlana Saray, Chyna Sell, Chloe Hetzel,
& Eja Sweig

Chamber Singers SSAA Madrigal: Leah Wons, Brittany Wirtz, Eja Sweig, Adrianna Siech, Andrea Shamburek, Karley Krueger, Ahlana Saray, Simone Safian, Chloe Hetzel, Jaclyn Erickson, Jennifer Deau, Chyna Sell, Michaela Meyer, Emily Coopman, Alexandria Clark, Danielle Bursa, Victoria Bain-Vrba, Ashley Baeten, & Kiana Archiquette

Cantabile SSAA Madrigal: Makenna Kussow, Paige Bain-Vrba, Megan Loberger, Kaitlyn Brunette, Aliza Dickinson, Kayla Sharboneau, Theresa Whitehouse, Rayne Winans, Taylor Blasing, Hailey Ferfecki, Jennifer Longsine, Alicia Carter, Kaylin Nickels, Taylor Pritzl, Morgan Haslitt, Faith Hujet, Kaitlin Kramarczyk, Camryn Radaj, & Cortney Meunier

Cantabile SSA Miscellaneous Ensemble: Jennifer Longsine, Aliza Dickinson, Makenna Kussow, Megan Loberger, Megan Zielinski, Kaitlyn Brunette, Alicia Carter, Theresa Whitehouse, Taylor Blasing, Kaylee Greetan, Morgan Haslitt, Kaylin Nickels, Camryn Radaj, & Taylor Pritzl

Chorale TTBB Miscellaneous Ensemble: Jacob Ellman, Alex Kamke, Ethan Winkler, Hunter Christenson, Camden Jackson, Wylie Howey, David Grenke, Hunter Ryczek, Yibo Li, & Peter Murphy

SATB Madrigal: Victoria Bain-Vrba, Eja Sweig, Kiana Archiquette, Ashley Baeten, Emily Coopman, Leah Wons, Jennifer Deau, Jaclyn Erickson, Makenna Kussow, Simone Safian, Andrea Shamburek, Hunter Christenson, Wylie Howey, Alex Kamke, Ethan Winkler, Camden Jackson, Hunter Ryczek, Jacob Ellman, & Peter Murphy

Auditions for “The Odd Couple” – Abrams Theater

Odd Couple

Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. will holding open auditions for their next play, The Odd Couple (Book by Neil Simon) on May 18 & 19, 2016 – 6:00pm-8:00pm at The Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple Street, Abrams.

This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born.

Actors age 18 and older are welcome to audition. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. The casting is for 6 men and 2 women. You must audition in order to be in the show, no late entries will be allowed. Rehearsals will generally be on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning in May. Show dates are scheduled for August 12-14 & 19-21, 2016. Please consider your availability for all rehearsals and show dates, and your level of commitment before auditioning. We are always looking for Backstage and Front of House Crew Members as well. For more information call Brandon Byng at (920) 826-5852.

Re-Opening of the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower

Mountain look out towerRe-Opening of the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower

Mountain, June 10, 2016: We are pleased to invite you to a re-opening ceremony of the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower on the Lakewood Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The ceremony will be held at 10a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016. The ceremony will take place at the tower approximately two and one-half miles north of Mountain, Wisconsin off of Old 32 (Forest Road 2106). We are planning to serve snacks and refreshments immediately after the ceremony at the Schoolhouse Bar (14007 WI-32) in Mountain.

The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was built in 1935 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was once a part of an extensive lookout tower network in the former Nicolet National Forest. The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was the first tower in Wisconsin to be placed on the National Historic Lookout Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It also was the 41stlookout tower to be registered in the United States. The tower was taken out of service in 1970 and was last restored in 1994.The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was restored in 2015-2016 through a partnership between the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest with financial assistance from the Oconto County Economic Development Corporation, numerous local businesses, organizations, communities and residents. Employees from the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District spent more than 500 hours doing the restoration work.

“This was a great partnership and community effort,” said Greyling Brandt, Recreation Program Manager on the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. “Together we were able to restore the tower and now can open it to visitors again to get an up close look at a piece of Wisconsin’s history.”

Today, the 100-foot steel tower with a 7-by-7 foot cab is one of the few remaining lookouts on the east side of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The tower will be open to the public starting Memorial Day Weekend.

We sincerely hope that you plan to attend this ceremony. Please RSVP to or call 920-834-6969. We can also help provide information on area accommodations if needed.

Come to a free car seat check:

car seat

Come to a free car seat check:

Peterson Ford
300 North Main Street, Oconto Falls
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

A Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will:
• check your child’s car seat for proper installation
• check car seats for recalls
• answer questions
• help with correct installation of child car seats

safe kidsGrant funded car seats will be provided to families who qualify for WIC and whose child needs a new car seat.
• These seats are available for a monetary donation or at no cost.
• Donations are welcome and appreciated!
• One grant funded car seat per child.