“Meet the Doc” Event, Featuring Dr. Alexa Gavaga

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health will host “Meet the Doc,” featuring internal medicine physician, Dr. Alexa Gavaga, in Gillett on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Dr. Gavaga joined Prevea Health in September and is now seeing patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, 835 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls, and at the Prevea Shawano Health Center, 1300 E. Green Bay St. in Shawano.

As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Gavaga specializes in routine health care for adults, including preventive medicine, medication management and chronic disease management. The “Meet the Doc” event will allow community members a chance to meet Dr. Gavaga, and learn more about why an internal medicine physician is an important part of your health care team.

Meet the Doc

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12
  • 6 p.m.
  • Gillett High School, 208 W. Main St., Gillett
    • Event will be held in the Commons

A light meal will be served. To register, call (920) 846-8187 or visit: www.prevea.com/event

30th Annual Community Halloween Party “Spook-tacular” Success!

The Oconto Falls High School Music Department was proud to sponsor the 30th annual Community Halloween Party for children in Oconto Falls and the surrounding areas on Monday, October 21.

Plinko – Game run by Connor Romandine, Colter McCormick, Alex Waschbisch

Over 375 children in grades Pre-school through grade six attended the event, along with over 400 parents, grandparents, and other family members! The Halloween Party was held in the OFHS Wrestling gym. Many creative games were organized, designed and operated by over 120 high school students who represented the OFHS Music Department and members of the OFHS Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Chorale, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band. Children and adults generously donated hundreds of canned food items for the Kingdom Come Food Pantry as part of their admission. Special thanks to area businesses and individuals who made donations toward this safe and fun event for our area children.

Math-magical Duckies – Game run by Kayley VanDenEng, Abigail Wos, and Madeline Dorn

Participating area businesses, organizations, and individuals joining the OFHS Music Department in donating toward the event were the following: ORGANIZATIONS— American Legion Eick-Sankey Post 302, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 302, OFHS Band, OFHS Choir, and the Oconto Falls Lions Club; INDIVIDUALS— Terry Bitters, Joe and Monica Gostisha, Tom and Karen Lutz, Bob and Laurie Maloney, Don and Judy Osborne, Ron and Carrie Romandine, and Terry and Bev Umentum; BUSINESSES—The Antique Bar, Coachlight Inn, Flower Shoppe II, Howard Eslien Law Office, Jones Funeral Service, Luisier Drilling, Inc., Marquardt Auto Service, Mortell Studio, N.E.W. Credit Union, Oconto Electric Cooperative, Oconto Falls Insurance Center, Senn Hometown Insurance, United True Value, and Witt’s Piggly Wiggly. MEDIA SUPPORT was appreciated from the Oconto County Times Herald, Oconto Reporter, WOCO Radio, Chamber of Commerce, Roger Birr, and Bill Koehne. Amy Thiel, OFHS Choral Director and Victoria Dominguez, OFHS Band Director are very proud of the Choir and Band students and their involvement and dedication to this outstanding community event! The OFHS Music Department continues to sponsor the “Community Halloween Party” with area businesses as their way of saying “thank you” to the community for their tremendous support of music activities throughout the year!

Part of the Admissions Team – Hunter Ryczek, Aidan Spillane, Keith Van Dornick

400+ Attend Treat-and-Greet at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health helped hundreds of community members and colleagues get a jump-start on Halloween festivities, with the annual Treat-and-Greet event held Tuesday, Oct. 29.

A free, family-friendly event, Treat-and-Greet offers trick-or-treating, food and refreshments, and opportunities to tour the hospital campus and learn about the diversity of services provided. Attendees were able to “trick-or-treat” throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building where Prevea Health offers a variety of specialty care.

“Treat-and-Greet showcases the true meaning of community,” said Amber Just, Volunteer Services Facilitator at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, who also attended Tuesday’s event. “Residents and colleagues get the chance to come together to share smiles and yummy treats. Hosting this event gives the community the opportunity to see the large array of high-equality services that HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is so proud to provide.”

More than 400 community members of all ages attended Tuesday’s event, while providers and colleagues handed out treats. There were costumes of all kinds including witches, a policeman, kitties, the tooth fairy and more.

“HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is so appreciative of this community,” said Amanda Rice, Patient Financial Manager at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “Hosting Treat and Greet is a wonderful way to enhance the connection we have with our northern communities.”

This was the third year of Treat-and-Greet, hosted by HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health.

Treat-and-Greet Community Event

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health invite the community to Treat-and-Greet on Tuesday, Oct. 29 on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

A free, family-friendly event, Treat-and-Greet will feature trick-or-treating, food and refreshments, and the opportunity to tour the hospital campus and learn about the diversity of services provided. Attendees can “trick-or-treat” throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building where Prevea Health offers a variety of specialty care.

Treat-and-Greet

  • 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 835 Main St., in Oconto Falls
    • The event will take place throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building.

Candy, goodies and educational material will be handed out to the “trick-or-treaters”; and providers will be on hand to greet all attendees and answer questions about the services they offer. Costumes are not required but are encouraged for children and adults. Guests of all ages are welcome!

“Ask the Doc” Presentation to Focus on Breast Health

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health will host an “Ask the Doc” presentation about breast health on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Waubee Lodge in Lakewood.

The free presentation will be led by Dr. Richard McNutt, general surgeon at the HSHS St. Clare Regional Surgery Center, and Clayton Keene, APNP, FNP-BC, of Prevea Health. The two will discuss the importance of breast health and screenings, with a Q&A to follow.

Ask the Doc

  • Thursday, Oct. 17
  • 6 p.m.
  • Waubee Lodge, 18398 Waubee Park Ln., Lakewood

A light meal will be served. To register, call (920) 965-4711.

E-cigarettes or “Vaping”: What Parents Need to Know

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth since 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2018, CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data showed that more than 3.6 million youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, were past-month e-cigarette users.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings and other ingredients to the user. Using e-cigarettes is sometimes called, “vaping.” Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nicotine exposure in adolescence can harm brain development; impact learning, memory and attention; and increase the risk for future addiction to other drugs. The aerosol substance created by e-cigarettes can contain harmful substances, including nicotine, cancer-causing chemicals, flavorings linked to lung disease, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead.

E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Some look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes, and others look like other items commonly used by youth such as pens and flash drives. They also come in kid-friendly flavors, which make them more appealing to youth.

In light of this information, and with recent reports of severe illnesses and death linked to vaping in the U.S., HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health encourage parents and caregivers to be familiar with e-cigarettes so they can play a role in protecting children from their harmful effects.

Three things parents and caregivers can do:

  1. Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them.
  2. Set a good example by being tobacco-free.
  3. Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks of e-cigarette use by visiting: www.CDC.gov/e-cigarettes

American Hospital Association Names David Lally “2019 Grassroots Champion”

David Lally (right) accepts award from Jon Hoelter

David Lally, Director of Business Development & Advocacy for HSHS St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas and St. Clare hospitals, is a recipient of the American Hospital Association’s 2019 Grassroots Champion award.

The Grassroots Champion award is given out each year to one individual in each state who is nominated by the state hospital association partners. The award was created to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect hospitals’ vital roles in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for hospitals, and who are tireless advocates for their hospitals and patients.

“Whether it’s traveling to Washington, D.C., the state capitol in Madison, or joining us for meetings with legislators in their communities, David is always jumping at the opportunity to advocate on behalf of the HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin, and Wisconsin health care as a whole,” said Jon Hoelter, Director of State and Federal Relations for the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), which nominated David for the AHA award. “The Wisconsin Hospital Association truly appreciates his passion and dedication to advocacy.”

Most recently, David attended a WHA meeting in Mequon with Congressman Glenn Grothman to discuss federal legislation aimed at tackling surprise medical billing. David and other HSHS leaders discussed the voluntary efforts HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin are making to meet patients’ desires for more price transparency, including the launch of an online price estimator tool which allows patients to obtain out-of-pocket estimates for planned procedures.

“Advocacy is truly a team effort,” said David. “While I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award, I am also deeply grateful for the team of dedicated health care leaders at HSHS who assist in advocacy efforts daily on behalf of St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas and St. Clare hospitals.”

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center are located in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. They are part of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), based in Springfield, Ill.

Abrams theater to hold auditions for Elf Jr.

Performers 8-18 needed for Christmas show

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will spread holiday cheer this Christmas with its production of “Elf The Musical Jr.” Kids ages 8-18 are invited to audition for the show on Monday, Sept. 16, or Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Auditions are scheduled from 6-8 p.m., and everyone auditioning should arrive by 6 p.m. Callbacks will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Auditions will consist of sight-singing a song from the show, reading from the script, and participating in a short, choreographed dance. All materials will be provided. Kids who audition are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes that they can dance in. No previous performance experience is required.

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is based on the 2003 hit movie about of an orphan raised at the North Pole who journeys to New York City as an adult to find his true identity.

Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays starting Oct. 1. Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal, but everyone must be available Sunday, Dec. 1, to Thursday, Dec. 5, and all show dates, Dec. 6-8 and 13-15.

Children who want to help out but feel a little shy are invited to become behind-the-scenes elves. Contact volunteers.aspi@gmail.com for more information.

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.

Developers Join Packerland Websites’ Team

Packerland Websites has added two experienced website designers to its staff. From right, Tom Norman and Miranda Schlise-Gomez have joined website developer Mike McGraw and owner Bill Koehne. Their team creates powerful, effective websites for businesses, nonprofits and municipalities.

Packerland Websites is growing. Two experienced website designers, Tom Norman and Miranda Schlise-Gomez, have joined the staff. The website builder now employs three full-time developers who create powerful, effective websites for businesses, nonprofits and municipalities.

“Having three full-time developers on staff gives our company a wide breadth of abilities and deep scope of talent,” said Bill Koehne, owner of Packerland Websites. “It also allows me to shift my focus from developing sites to developing business strategies and goals for each client. We have so much more to offer clients today than I imagined eight years ago when we opened.”

Norman, of Green Bay, worked in the security field for 15 years before changing careers to web development. In 2013 he earned a Web Development Certificate at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He has nine years of experience designing websites.

“I enjoy trying new processes and can adapt to new and unknown situations,” Norman said. “Every project is different. Different design, issues, challenges. I really love the building process, putting it all together.”

Norman also enjoys working with varied clientele who look to Packerland Websites to grow and promote their business or organization.

“Each client is unique in their needs and behaviors which makes every interaction important,” he said.

In his free time, Norman enjoys reading, writing, watching sports, playing video games and doing woodworking and refinishing projects.

Schlise-Gomez, of Green Bay, graduated in 2017 from NWTC with an Associate Degree in Web Development. She was previously employed as a web developer for an Oshkosh advertising agency. Schlise-Gomez said she enjoys the “puzzle aspect” of designing websites.

“There is always a new piece to put together,” she said. “When it comes to working with clients, I enjoy the satisfaction on their face when they see their website come to life.”

She tackles web development from a practical standpoint, integrating the technical and artistic elements into a unified package.

“My approach is to find out what the client needs and do my best to accomplish it,” she said.

After hours, Schlise-Gomez enjoys playing guitar, singing, and writing songs. She also enjoys the challenge of Escape Rooms and the excitement of attending Brewers games.

With the addition of two developers, Packerland Websites is ready to serve more clients at its Green Bay and Abrams offices. Contact the website professionals at 920-826-5901 or Bill@PackerlandWebsites.com.