May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Be Fast
“BE FAST” in recognizing signs, symptoms of stroke

Stroke, a disease that affects arteries leading to and within the brain, is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. A stroke can happen to anyone at any age – men and women of all ages and races.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls encourages everyone to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of stroke, as early recognition and treatment of stroke are crucial to preventing disability and death. Signs and symptoms of stroke can include: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance; and sudden severe headache without a known reason.

An easier way to remember stroke signs and symptoms is to think of the phrase/acronym, BE FAST:

B – Balance difficulty
E – Eye changes

F – Face drooping
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech slurred
T – Time to call 911

There are numerous risk factors for stroke including age, genetics, gender and race, which cannot be controlled. However, there are several factors that increase the risk the stroke and can be controlled, including:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol consumption and illegal drug use
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Abnormal cholesterol

The stroke team at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provides rapid access to stroke care with specialty expertise and written care protocols to provide individualized attention for patients. Click here to learn more.

A Night in the Wild

Join us for a magical evening to celebrate
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and make a big 

impact in the lives of our patients!

Our 13th annual event will feature old-fashioned horse-drawn trolley rides, sumputious food, live entertainment, and amazing silent and live auction items with one-of-a-kind experiences.

Location: Reforestation Camp Lodge, 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI

Reception – 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Social ♦ Horse-drawn carriage ridesDinner – 6:30 p.m.
Opening remarks & blessing by Sister Annice McClure
Gourmet catered dinner from Chefusion ♦ Coffee & Dessert to follow

Donation Challenge and Live Auction – 7:30 p.m.
Video & Donation Challenge 
Conducted by Bill Jartz from WBAY

Ending of the Silent Auction 
$500 Wenz Home Furniture Drawing – 8:45 p.m.

Supernova Hoops Fire Performance – 9:00 p.m.

Cash Bar – 4:30 pm to Close

All proceeds will be used to turn a patient room at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital into a state-of-the-art place of healing.

Reserved your spot today – limited space available!

Tickets are $55 per person – pre-sale only (no at the door sales).

Please contact Matt Astleford at 920-433-8055 or for sponsorship opportunities or assistance.

Barefoot in the Park Auditions

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

Auditions will be held on April 9th and 9th 6pm-8pm at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St in Abrams
The play calls for various roles, both male and female 16 years or older
Schedules will be available at auditions- please bring your calendars

Barefoot in the Park runs June 15, 16, 17 and June 22, 23 and 24

For further information, please call the Box Office at 920-826-5852 or go to

Newcomers are encouraged to audition! Not interested in being on the stage? Please contact us for opportunities behind the scenes!

HSHS Hospitals Announce “Nurse of the Year”

Paula Bake, BSN, RN at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)-Eastern Wisconsin Division is pleased to announce Paula Bake, BSN, RN, who works in the Emergency Department at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, as the 2017 Nurse of the Year.

HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division hospitals include: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. Each year, one nurse is chosen from within the Division as Nurse of the Year. Nurses nominate a nursing colleague from their unit, and those nominations are then reviewed by nursing leadership and HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division’s Professional Nurse Practice Council.

“Paula was chosen as the 2017 Nurse of the Year for the exceptional passion, quality and excellence she delivers in her nursing practice,” said Paula Hafeman, Chief Nursing Executive for HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “She goes above and beyond in demonstrating our organization’s core values of respect, care, competence and joy in her interactions with patients and their families.”

Paula Bake’s time with HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division began in 2000 working in the cardiac care unit at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. She began working at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in 2006, known then as Community Memorial Hospital, and has been there since. “When working in a rural hospital, you get to know the patients in a more personal way, which helps to create a deeper level of respect for one another,” said Paula. “I love coming to work and serving this community.”

In addition to her nursing duties, Paula serves on various committees within HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division that aim to enhance patient care, safety and experience. She is also an active member of the Emergency Nursing Association, Regional Trauma Advisory Council and the State Trauma Advisory Council.

Paula is also significantly involved in community outreach on a professional and personal level. She offers monthly blood pressure screenings at her local parish; organizes clothing drives to replenish the St. Clare Closet at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital for patients in need; serves as a medical volunteer at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; is Chair for the Oconto County Annual Community Health and Safety Fair; and, volunteers for the Feed My Starving Children organization.

The 2018 Nurse of the Year will be announced in early 2019.

1st Annual Beer Brat & Forget-Me-Not

Join The Forget Me Not Fund in raising funds to provide support and education for families impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia! Tickets are only $25 and include dinner, ticket into raffle, 2 draft beers and music by the Dave Steffen Band! Great prizes for Bucket raffles, 50/50, and GRAND PRIZE! Brats provided by Maplewood Meats. The Forget Me Not Fund is a major contributor to the local Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer Association. HELP US IN THE BATTLE TO END ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? or

Forget Me Not Fund, Inc
Organizer of 1st Annual Beer Brat & Forget-Me-Not
This event, although organized by The Cottages Assisted Living & Memory Care, is supported by the Wolf River Dementia Network, Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Forget Me Not Fund.

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6th Annual Joint Golf Outing

6th Annual Joint Golf Outing

Monday, July 31, 2017

Oconto Legion Golf Course
532 Jefferson St

“Rain or Shine”

Proceeds benefit both Oconto Falls Area and Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce in their joint marketing activities

Early Bird Registration – Send in your team registration and money before July 10th to be eligible to win $100.00

Hole in 1 Contest
2017 Chevrolet Cruze
1st Hole in 1 – Sponsored by Koehne Chevrolet Buick GMC, Oconto

2nd Hole in 1 – Sponsored by Packerland Websites, Abrams

Special Events on the Course – $10.00

9:00 a.m. Mandatory Registration

10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start/Scramble Format
9 or 18 Holes

1:30 p.m. 9 Holes only

5:00 p.m. Cash Bar, Dinner
Golf & Event Prizes Awarded

Click Here for registration form

Auxiliary Presents $10,000 Check to HSHS St .Clare Memorial Hospital and Honors Dedicated Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital presented a $10,000 donation to the hospital at its annual volunteer luncheon. Pictured from left to right, back row: Dan DeGroot, COO, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital; Matt Astleford, Philanthropy Specialist, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Left to right, front row: Anne Buttke, Manager, Volunteer Services, HSHS-EWD; Hope Hrabik, outgoing Auxiliary President; Mary Lemmen, outgoing Auxiliary Treasurer; Bobbi Giles, Director, Philanthropy, HSHS-EWD.

Auxiliary Presents $10,000 Check to HSHS St .Clare Memorial Hospital and Honors Dedicated Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

Oconto Falls – The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital held its annual luncheon in Oconto Falls on Monday, May 8 to recognize members who have reached milestones in their volunteer hours and to present the hospital with a generous $10,000 donation.

The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital was able to raise $10,000 through various fundraisers, including an annual salad luncheon, Love Basket Silent Auction, Holiday Bake Sale and Raffle, book fairs, uniform and cookie sales and the Christmas Memory Tree. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital.

“HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is appreciative of the work, dedication and commitment of the Auxiliary,” said Dan DeGroot, Chief Operating Officer, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “This money will be used to purchase inpatient visitor chairs that will provide our patients and their families with an enhanced patient care experience.”

The inpatient visitor chairs will be placed in patient rooms on the medical surgical floor for the comfort and convenience of friends and family who come to the hospital to visit patients. Patient interaction with friends and family while hospitalized contributes to their overall well-being and recuperation.

In addition to the check presentation on May 8, the Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital also presented pins to members who reached milestones in their volunteer hours since joining the Auxiliary:

· Paul Karban, 100 hours
· Becky Schmitt, 100 hours
· Vicki Dobratz, 300 hours
· Kay Pendl, 400 hours
· Nancy Carrico, 900 hours
· Hope Hrabik, 2,000 hours
· Mary Lemmen, 17,000 hours

“People who join the Auxiliary do so because they are giving people by nature,” said Vicki Dobratz, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Welcome Center Volunteer. “It’s wonderful to see so many people working well together and making sacrifices to help others in the community.”
The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is actively looking for more volunteers. For more information about joining the Auxiliary, contact Regina Boettcher at (920) 848-6348.

A note from Matt Ternes, Project Manager Oconto County DOT:

WisDOT and the contractor have finalized plans for the advancement of stage 2 earlier than anticipated. Specifics on the stage 2 advancement are summarized as follows:


  • Stage 2 detour will start 5/30/17.  This detour will be WIS 22 to County B to County A to US 141 to WIS 22
  • The contractor will be allowed to start on stage 2 work (Highland Dr – County I) on 5/30/17.
  • The actual intersection of WIS 22/County I will remain open until after the regular school year is complete.  This will keep the north/south movement of County I open for local and bussing traffic.
  • After the school year, the contractor will be allowed to start work in the intersection of WIS 22/County I.
  • Allowing the contractor to start on this portion of the project sooner, we are hoping to complete the project up to 4 weeks sooner than initially expecting to.  As always, this is pending weather delays to the project.


If you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.


Matt Ternes, P.E.
Project Manager
Oconto County
Wisconsin DOT

2017 River Island Junior League

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM
– to –
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:30 PM (CDT)

River Island Golf Course
100 River Island Drive
Oconto Falls, WI 54154

Sign up here

2017 River Island Junior League

Welcome to the new season of golf at River Island Golf Course in Oconto Falls! Click on “Attend Event” to register for the opening banquet (open to all First Tee lessons members, team play members and parents) and to register for team play. See below for The First Tee lessons registration information (but register for the opening banquet here). Please pass this on to anyone you think would be interested in Junior League!

2017 River Island Junior League

The opening banquet is June 8 at 5:30 in the clubhouse. It is a casual event with information from the golf coach for the First Tee program, information on the League Team Play as well as great food, soda and water and prizes! Those wanting to eat with us, parents are welcome. Dinner will be $5 each (thanks to our donor sponsors who help to keep costs down!). When registering you can elect if you will be eating with us and how many additional would like to eat.

2017 River Island Junior League

Kids from 6th grade to High School Seniors are encouraged to join the fun and sign up today!

River Island Junior League allows kids to golf with their friends and family, but their scores count towards their team scores. Teams will be divided up and each week two teams will be paired up against each other for some friendly competition. Team members do not have to golf with their team – teams are for scoring and friendly competition purposes.

Want another reason to join? As a Junior League member, kids will enjoy $5 discounted greens fees during the entire Junior League season!

Register today by clicking the “Attend Event” button on this page to reserve your spot for the opening banquet and sign up for League Team Play. No payment required at this time.

2017 River Island Junior League

Kids age 4-18 can sign up for lessons being provided by the First Tee of Northeast Wisconsin and taught by Mitchell Meyer. Registration for the First Tee Program is available HERE. All kids signed up for lessons are automatically league members.

The season’s schedule, league dues for Team Play members and, league information will all be handled at the opening banquet. There will also be registration for lessons available at the opening banquet if you were not able to register online at the First Tee.

If you have any immediate questions at all please feel free to contact Drew at River Island Golf Course at 920-846-3303.

Hope to see you at the opening banquet!

River Island Golf Club/River Island Junior Golf League