Back-To-School Health and Safety Tips

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44439535 – smiling little school kids in school corridor against angular design

As a new school year approaches, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital encourages everyone to make the health and safety of their family a priority. Every parent wants their child to have a successful year, and taking time to consider their needs for health and safety can help them start the year off right.

1. Make healthy choices. Talk to your child about healthy food choices at home and at school.

2. Play sports safely. If your child participates in sports, schedule a sports physical with your doctor and speak with your child about sports safety. Make sure your child has required safety equipment for her/his sport, and know the concussion ABCs—assess the situation, be alert for signs and symptoms, and contact a health care professional.

3. Be good to your back. Choose a backpack with wide shoulder straps and make sure your child uses both straps evenly across the back. Having all the weight over one shoulder can lead to muscle strain. Advise your child to pack lightly. A backpack should never weigh more than 10-20 percent of your child’s body weight.

4. Fight the spread of germs. Before your child goes back to school make sure he/she understands the importance of proper hand washing. Soap and water can do wonders in reducing your child’s risk of illness. A child should wash his/her hands properly before eating and after using the restroom.

5. Turn off the screens. Set a limit to screen time of two hours or less each day.

6. Get enough sleep. School-aged children need at least 10 hours a day of sleep.

7. Be safe while on the roads. Children should always use a seatbelt and be placed in car seats appropriate for their age. Talk to your child about safety while at the bus stop and crossing roads.

For more information on back to school health, visit

Oconto Falls Trail System Ribbon Cutting

WalkingYesterday was a beautiful day to launch the Oconto Falls Trail System with a Blessing and Ribbon Cutting! A big “Thank You” to HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Healthy Oconto County for getting this project launched! Together we will make our city a safer and healthier place to live.

The event started with a blessing of the trail, then came the ribbon-cutting and it ended with everyone in attendance taking the “first walk” on that portion of the trail.

Ribbon_Cut_Posed Blessing

John Maino – Oconto Falls Library

John Maino will be speaking at the Performing Arts Center on Sept 10th at 6:30. John will be sharing his experiences with WWII Veterans and his observations after being embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan. John has written three books, Frontlines, World War II, The Pacific: Frontlines Vol II and ETO, European Theater of Operations. Books will be available for purchase afterwards. As part of the evening, an exhibit from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum called Working Warriors will be on display. It is a free event and refreshments will be served afterwards.


HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Golf Classic

Golf_ClassicThe HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Golf Classic will be held at River Island Golf Course, 100 River Island Drive in Oconto Falls on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The 9-hole scramble is scheduled to tee off at approximately 2 p.m., with dinner on the grill featured at approximately 6 p.m. This is a popular event with limited space, so participants are encouraged to register early!

Registration is now open to golfers and guests at Tickets for individual golfers are $60 and include green fees, cart, snack bag, dinner, tees and balls, one drink ticket and five raffle tickets. Those who do not wish to golf and would like to attend the dinner portion of the event can purchase tickets for $20 to include dinner, one drink ticket and five raffle tickets.

The HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Golf Classic is hosted by HSHS St. Clare Foundation, the supporting, charitable arm for HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. Money raised by the Foundation helps provide new equipment, programs, services and innovative and breakthrough technologies at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

For more information about registration, sponsorships or donations for the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Golf Classic, call or email Ann Senn at (920) 848-6369 or

Ribbon Cutting of our newest eating establishment in Oconto Falls, the Caldwell Cafe!

When: Monday August 8, 2016
7:30 am: Gather for meet, greet and tasty treats
8:00 am: Ribbon Cutting

Caldwell House 1895
Caldwell Cafe
172 N. Main Street
Oconto Falls, WI 54154

Caldwell Café
Now Open Monday – Saturday 7:00am – 7:00pm
Serving Daily Homestyle Specials& Breakfast all day.
(920) 846-8883

The Caldwell Café is a full-service restaurant/café located inside the historical hotel in downtown Oconto Falls. The restaurant features a full menu of moderately priced “comfort” food influenced by West Coast freshness and time honored recipes from the great cooks of the Midwest. The café section features a coffeehouse with a dessert bar, daily newspapers, and outdoor patio seating.

Located inside the Caldwell House 1895 located at 172 N. Main Street, our plan is simple. The Caldwell Café provides an upscale yet casual and affordable dining experience for the many local residents, and visitors who frequent the city’s casual dining spots and local event venues. Our staff will always be courteous, efficient, and attentive. With a really fun environment, we guarantee a smile to all who enter our café.

Pamela Ellman, her brother Todd Ellman, and his wife, Judy Ellman, purchased the Caldwell House 1895 in November, 2015. Pamela currently resides in Oconto Falls while Todd & Judy reside in Oconto. As entrepreneurs, the Ellman’s have over 60 years of combined business experience, including real estate, property management, and restaurant/venue experience. They are excited to bring their business experience and knowledge to Oconto Falls, with the hopes of becoming an integral part of a growing community.