Local High School Choir Students Perform in Treble Honors Choir

OFHS Choral Students: Seated – Laken Wall; Row 1 – Christina Bauer, Hope Hujet, Jesalynn Wilkerson, Madeline Dorn, Andrea Waschbisch, Mackenzie Staidl, Paige Stapleton; Row 2 – Charis Wirtley, Carina Wirtley, Autumn Canavera, Emma Bliskey, Lydia Romback, Isabella Rennie, Catelyn Kramer, and Grace Williams

16 Oconto Falls High School Choir students recently participated in the M & O Music Conference and Near North Music Conference Treble Honors Choir. The festival, held at Gillett High School, included three schools from the M & O Conference – Gillett High School, Suring High School and Coleman High School, and three schools from the Near North Music Conference – Oconto Falls High School, Marinette High School and St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. Participating choral directors included Abbygaile Jadin (Gillett HS), Kaci Halverson-Boehmer (Suring HS), Kathleen Bader (Coleman HS), Amy Thiel (Oconto Falls HS), Cyndee Giebler (Marinette HS), and Susan Thornton (St. Thomas Aquinas Academy).

The area choir students worked together for the day-long festival and presented a Treble Honors Choir concert in the Meunier-Pelow Auditorium at Gillett High School. Performance selections included Omina Sol (Let your Heart Be Staid) by Z. Randall Stroope, Bashana Haba’ah arranged by V. Pasternak, No Time arranged by Susan Burmfield, Faithfully by Jonathan Cain, and Changes by Audrey Snyder.

Dr. Sarah Parks, Professor of Music at St. Norbert College in DePere served as the clinican and conductor for the Treble Honors Choir. She joined the music faculty of St. Norbert College in 2009 as head of choirs and choral music education. Her college choirs have toured regionally and internationally, most recently to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. The St. Norbert College Chamber Singers have been selected as a featured performance ensemble for WMEA and WCDA state conferences and the choirs have been invited to perform on stage with distinguished musical artists, ranging from John Rutter to Kenny Rogers.

Student participants from Oconto Falls High School included: Christina Bauer, Emma Bliskey, Autumn Canavera, Madeline Dorn, Hope Hujet, Catelyn Kramer, Isabella Rennie, Lydia Romback, Mackenzie Staidl, Paige Stapleton, Laken Wall, Andrea Waschbisch, Jesalynn Wilkerson, Grace Williams, Carina Wirtley, and Charis Wirtley.

Other area student participants included: Camilla Doherty and Grace Fischer (Suring High School); Livia Benson, Halle Beranek and Karah Nelson (St. Thomas Aquinas Academy); Jerika Heroux and Myriah Marohl (Gillett High School); Mckenzie Champagne, Gabrielle Meyer, and Coral Ermis (Coleman High School); and Kayden McClurg, Kandyce Mitchell, Skylar Norman, and Lily Teske (Marinette High School).

Annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction

The Oconto Falls-area community is invited to the Annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction, hosted by the colleagues and Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s dining room and will feature an all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $9. The buffet will include the hospital’s signature hot chicken salad, ham and cheese sandwiches, a variety of salads, dinner rolls, coffee, milk and desserts. For more information on the Salad Luncheon or to make group reservations, contact Sue Allshouse at (920) 373-7685.

In support of the Partner’s Salad Luncheon on Feb. 12, colleagues of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host the Love Basket Silent Auction in the HSHS St. Clare Assisi Room from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the same day.

Themes for baskets vary from year to year. Popular baskets from previous years have included I Love the Packers, I Love Wine, I Love Gardening and I Love Birds. In addition to the silent auction for the baskets, raffle tickets are sold for love-themed bucket raffles. Bidding on the Love Baskets and raffle ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. For more information about the Love Basket Silent Auction or to donate a basket, call Dawn Coppens at (920) 846-3444.

All proceeds from the Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction will help the Partners support programs and enhance patient care at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

Abrams Theater to hold auditions for ‘Oliver’

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold auditions for “Oliver,” the community theater’s first show of the 2019 season. “Oliver” is a wildly entertaining musical that brings Charles Dickens’ timeless characters to life.

The story tells of a poor orphan and his associates scrambling to survive in Old London Towne.

Performers will have two opportunities to audition, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, or 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple Street, Abrams.

Individuals who audition should come prepared to read from the script and sing a 1-minute selection of a song. Songs from the show are preferred, but any song is acceptable. Songs may be sung a capella or with a karaoke track. An accompanist will be available to play sheet music and music from the show. Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear for a short choreography audition.

The show will be performed March 15-17 and March 24- 26 at the Byng Community Theater.

Triple C Riders Toy Donation to HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

On Friday, Dec. 21, members of the Triple C Riders motorcycle group dropped off seven boxes of new toys to be distributed to young patients and visitors at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Featured in the photo, from left to right:
David Kuam of Triple C Riders
David Lally, Director of Business Development at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Walter Woodward of Triple C Riders
Don Derouin of Triple C Riders
Bettie Woodward of Triple C Riders

This is the 10th anniversary of the Triple C Riders’ Christmas toy drive in which they donate new toys to area hospitals.  The Triple C Riders are made up of members from Menominee, Marinette and Oconto Counties, all of whom help to generously collect these toys throughout the year.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is very grateful to the Triple C Riders for their generosity and thoughtfulness.  We will distribute these toys to young patients and visitors, as needed, throughout the year and for as long as the supply of toys lasts.   We know they will bring much joy and comfort to those who receive them!