Packerland Websites Awards Prize of Free Website

Packerland Websites
Bill Koehne, owner of Packerland Websites, presents a stocking filled with a free website to Ruth Paquin, representing the Volunteer Center of Brown County. The Volunteer Center won Packerland Websites’ Give Back to Nonprofits contest: a Premium Theme, 7-page website valued at $2,500.

Congratulations to the Volunteer Center of Brown County, the winner of a free website awarded by Packerland Websites, an Abrams-based company specializing in website design and digital marketing strategies. In Packerland Websites’ Give Back to Nonprofits contest, the Volunteer Center won a newly designed Premium Theme, seven-page website valued at $2,500.

“We’re excited to award the prize to this worthwhile organization,” said Packerland Websites’ owner Bill Koehne. “Volunteers are the heart of a community, so this is a gift that keeps on giving.”

Eric Sponholtz, executive director of the Volunteer Center, said the free website will attract new groups, demographics, and individuals who are looking to give back to their community.

“The Volunteer Center realizes the need for volunteer opportunities to be readily available online in this world of technology” he said.

Every year, the center matches over 10,000 volunteers with over 180 local nonprofits. Additionally, the center’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) places over 300 volunteers in 28 different organizations, and the Reading Coaches for Kids program places over 80 volunteers in four different school districts, assisting over 250 children.

“We applaud the efforts of the Volunteer Center of Brown County and look forward to creating an effective, secure, and user-friendly website,” Bill said.

OFHS Vocal Jazz shares the spirit of the holidays!

Row 1 -Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Haley Schwantes, Khloe Van Dornick
Row 2 -Emma Bliskey, Cedar Olsen, Santa, Lyndsey Luebke, Carina Wirtley
Row 3 – Connor Romandine, Alex Waschbisch, Hunter Schaden, Keith Van Dornick, Simon Pumplun, Aidan Spillane

The Oconto Falls High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, with Director Amy Thiel, shared the spirit of the holidays throughout Northeast Wisconsin on December 12 as they performed festive music. Performances included Aurora BayCare in Green Bay, BayPark Square in Green Bay, and Meadowlands in Oconto Falls, as well as HSHS St. Clare Hospital, Witt’s Piggly Wiggly, United True Value, Burger King, Peterson Ford, and City Hall in Oconto Falls. OFHS graduate Eva Finke was the accompanist for the performances. Selections included holiday favorites Angels We Have Heard On High, Silent Night, Caroling Caroling, An Evening In December, and We Wish You a Merry Madrigal!

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Joins Oral Health Partnership to Help Underserved Children in Need of Dental Care

Children with complex dental needs and who are uninsured or underinsured will now have greater access to care thanks to a new collaboration between HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and the Brown County-based Oral Health Partnership (OHP).

Oral Health Partnership, a nonprofit founded in Green Bay in 2005, provides underserved children living in Brown County and surrounding counties access to preventive, restorative and emergency dental services at no cost. It offers a school-based dental care program, three clinic locations throughout Green Bay, and partners with three Green Bay hospitals – including HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center – to provide treatment for complex dental conditions that require an operating room setting.

“This year, OHP is on track to serve more than 10,000 children and accommodate more than 20,000 dental appointments,” said Michael Schwartz, Executive Director at OHP. “The addition of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital to our partnership allows us to treat more children in need of hospital-based care. We are immensely grateful for their partnership, as well as the continued partnership of HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s.”

In early 2018, the OHP wait list for those in need of hospital-based dental care was at more than 250 children. The recent addition of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital as an OHP partner has helped to reduce the current waiting list to approximately 50 children.

“Our hospital’s vision is to provide health, healing and hope to all we serve, and we are proud to join our sister-hospitals in Green Bay to assist the OHP in providing a service that is greatly needed for underserved children,” said Chris Brabant, President and CEO at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “Our partnership with OHP also means that children who live in our rural, northern communities and in need of this type of care can now access it closer to home.”

As an OHP partner, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provides operating room space and the assistance of its surgical staff to OHP physicians at no cost to OHP or the patient. The nonprofit hospital also obtained a grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin to purchase the surgical instruments for OHP physicians to perform the necessary procedures. Procedures may include the treatment of multiple cavities in young children, abscessed teeth and/or teeth extraction.

“In some cases, these complex dental conditions can be life-threatening, and that is why increasing access to this type of care is so important,” said Schwartz.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital also provides the services of Child Life Specialists for each child that comes to the hospital to have a dental procedure. Child Life Specialists are specially trained in helping put children who may be anxious about their procedure at ease.

Oral Health Partnership serves children ages 0 to 19. Those interested in learning more can call (920) 965-0831 or visit Underinsured or uninsured adults in need of dental care may contact the N.E.W. Dental Clinic at (920) 272-9300.

Aaron Rodgers Signs Multi-Year Extension with Prevea Health

Prevea Health is pleased to announce a four-year contract extension with professional athlete, Aaron Rodgers, to support its health and wellness initiatives throughout eastern and western Wisconsin. Prevea (pronouncer: prev’AY-uh) and Rodgers began their official partnership in 2012.

“This relationship goes far beyond the idea of a celebrity serving as a spokesperson,” said Ashok Rai, MD, President and CEO, Prevea Health. “As one of the most respected athletes in the country, Aaron is truly passionate about improving the health and wellness of our communities. His commitment to our message and his ability to add his own personal twist comes from his own passion of improving the health and wellness of Wisconsin. We are proud to call him a member of the Prevea family.”

Most recently, Prevea and Rodgers launched an advertising campaign called Senses focusing on what healthy looks like, feels like and sounds like – recognizing that it looks, feels and sounds different to each person. In the commercials, Rodgers shares openly how these thoughts, with Prevea, can help people stay in tune with their health and happiness.

“When I think about my legacy and what I want to be remembered for, I want to know that at the end of the day I made an impact on the communities that have meant so much to me,” said Rodgers. “When I think about the past several years and my partnership with Prevea, I am able to look back at all the things we did together that made a difference to people’s health and wellness. We’ve been able to do some pretty incredible things and I look forward to continuing to build on that.”

Click on the following hyperlinks to watch Rodgers’ latest commercials with Prevea. These may be used for b-roll purposes, courtesy of Prevea Health:
What Healthy Looks Like
What Healthy Feels Like
What Healthy Sounds Like

The commercials air in the Green Bay, Wis. and La Crosse/Eau Claire, Wis. television markets.

Oconto Falls Area Veterans Monument Dedication

In 2011, it was Marie Magnin’s vision to build a Veterans Monument to Honor her husband “Chub” Magnin and all other area Veterans that served our country.  Marie and the Oconto Falls Legion Unit 302 Auxiliary started to raise funds for the build.  After 6 years, Marie asked the American Legion Post 302 Veterans to help her complete the project.  Fast forward to November 2019, and along with Veterans and the community of Oconto Falls and surrounding area…Mission Complete!

A Dedication was conducted on Saturday, November 9th 2019, with more than 500 people in attendance, at the PAC in the High School.  The Flag Raising & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was then held at the Veterans Monument.  The Ceremony concluded with the unveiling of Marie’s Vision Plaque, which is beautiful tribute, etched in a bronze memorial plaque, set at the entrance of the monument.

The Veterans of Oconto Falls American Legion Post 302 and The Monument Committee are proud to present The Oconto Falls Area Veterans Monument dedicated and open to All Veterans that served our Great Country.

‘My Fair Lady’ auditions set for Dec. 16-17

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold auditions Dec. 16-17 for its spring musical, “My Fair Lady,” to be presented March 20- 22 and 27-29. The musical calls for various roles, both male and female, 10 years and older.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1956, “My Fair Lady” is Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s most popular musical collaboration, earning nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show depicts the transformation of “guttersnipe” Eliza Doolittle, under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins. “My Fair Lady” is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, a Concord Theatricals Company.

Individuals will have two opportunities to audition: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, or 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Callbacks are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Individuals who audition should come prepared to sing a short selection of a song not from “My Fair Lady.” They can sing acapella or bring a CD or phone to play music. The auditions will also include a reading from the script and a group choreography number. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.

For more information, visit or contact ASPI at 920-826-5852 or

Love Lights Honor Loved Ones During Christmas Season

The Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invite the community to participate in Love Lights, an annual Christmas fundraiser.

With Love Lights, people can honor a loved one, a business or organization by having their name placed next to a lit Christmas tree that is on display at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital throughout the holiday season.

Proceeds from Love Lights will benefit various health care improvements at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, which is part of a not-for-profit, Catholic-based health care system. Order forms can be found in the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Welcome Center. They can be returned in-person, or mailed to:

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Attn: Amber Just, Volunteer Services
855 S. Main St.
Oconto Falls, WI 54154

A blessing of the Love Lights tree will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls, with a social to follow.