ASPI Proudly Presents “Footloose: The Musical”

The cast of “Footloose: The Musical” rehearses a scene at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present “Footloose: The Musical” on the weekends of June 21-23 and June 28-30. From left to right are Charis Wirtley, Jack Anderson, Owen Goffard, Katie Koehn, Abby Frank, Akeem Edmonds, Tyler Otto, and Bella Frank.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. proudly presents “Footloose: The Musical” for a two-weekend run on June 21-23 and June 28-30. The story follows city teen Ren McCormack and his move to the small town of Bomont, Utah, where dancing and rock music are not only discouraged, but banned. Follow Ren, his newfound friends, and the community as they grapple with love, loss, rebellion, and the right to dance.

The musical is based off the hit 1984 film and features 80’s Billboard hits such as “Let’s Hear if for the Boys” and “Holding Out for a Hero”.

“When Footloose was being adopted as a stage musical the writers transferred many of the songs directly from the movie soundtrack,” explained ASPI “Footloose” director Michael Laskowski.

“It was actually one of the very first musicals to be based on a non-musical movie which I think makes this production quite special and unique,” he continued.

“Footloose” is Laskowski’s first production with ASPI and his directorial debut of a musical. Though new to the ASPI family, Laskowski is no stranger to theater. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from UW-Oshkosh and has been involved in several area theatre companies including Evergreen Theatre, Green Bay Community Theatre, Riverside Players, and Wolf River Theatre.

“One of the many reasons why I adore my cast is that there is such a wide range of talents and experiences among them,” said Laskowski.

The show spotlights Akeem Edmonds as newcomer Ren McCormack and Abby Frank as reverend’s rebel daughter Ariel Moore.

“One of the special things we have with this cast is that it truly is a family affair,” explained Laskowski.

The “Footloose” cast features several family member ties, including sisters Abby and Bella Frank, (portraying Ariel and Rusty), along with two father/daughter duos, Jerry Wirtley and Charis Wirtley (portraying Rev. Shaw Moore and Wendy Jo) and Mark Koehn and Katie Koehn (portraying Coach Dunbar and Urleen).

“When you put together a cast for any type of show, that cast becomes like a family. And these coincidences just put a delightful ironic touch to that thought,” he continued.

Showtimes for ASPI’s production of “Footloose: The Musical” include June 21, 22, 28, and 29 at 7pm and June 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 1pm. All shows will be performed at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

ASPI will celebrate opening night on Friday, June 21, with a gala after the show. The audience is invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks with the cast and crew.

To purchase tickets, check out the ASPI website at abramsspotlightproductions.com or by calling the box office at 920-826-5852.

“Footloose” is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by R&H Theatricals, 229 W. 28th St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Tel: (212) 541-6600 Fax: (212) 586-6155 www.rnh.com. Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Music by Tom Snow and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman.

Nurse’s Nook Receives $40,000 Grant from Bond Foundation

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation, Inc., has awarded a $40,000 grant to support Nurse’s Nook – a program that provides aid to children and families in need in all five school districts in Oconto County: Gillett, Suring, Oconto Falls, Oconto and Lena.

Nurse’s Nook provides students and their families with basic needs items including non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, clothing, medical supplies/devices and vouchers for transportation to medical appointments. Items are kept stocked within each of the school districts throughout the year and provided to students free-of-charge on an as-needed basis. Nurse’s Nook also offers an Adopt-A-Family Christmas program to provide families with winter necessities including boots, jackets, hats and gloves. It also offers a Weekend Food program which provides students a bag of nutritious food that contains enough items to allow them to make a full meal at home each week.

“We are immensely grateful to the Bond Foundation for their generous support of Nurse’s Nook and the children and families we serve here in Oconto County,” said Nuala Nowicki, founder of the Nurse’s Nook program. “These funds will allow us to maintain programming, purchase additional supplies and serve more families in Oconto County.”

This is the second Bond Foundation grant to be awarded to Nurse’s Nook. In 2018, it awarded Nurse’s Nook $30,000 which was used to help expand the program to the Oconto and Lena school districts.

Nurse’s Nook informally began in 2014 when Nuala, who is also a Prevea Health school nurse for the Gillett School District, recognized that poverty in the community was negatively impacting students’ abilities to learn and succeed in school. Today, Nurse’s Nook is an official program of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, operated in collaboration with Nuala, Prevea Health and countless volunteers and donors who dedicate time and effort to collecting, organizing and distributing supplies.

The Nurse’s Nook program relies solely on support and donations from the community to operate. Anyone who would like to learn more information or donate to Nurse’s Nook should contact Debbie Hockers at (920) 433-8653 or email ewfriends@hshs.org.

Chamber Donates Toward Dog Park

dog park Oconto Falls
(L to R: Emily Gonnering, Gail Yatso, and excited visitor Luna Star)

The Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce recently donated $3,000 to the fundraising efforts of a dog park in Oconto Falls. Donations continue to come in after the project received approval from the Oconto Falls City Council. To date, the campaign has raised approximately $20,000.

Emily Gonnering, an Oconto Falls High School senior and Girl Scout is working toward her Gold Award by spearheading the creation of a dog park – from budgeting to fundraising to design concepts.

The Chamber supports the project because of its focus on being a healthy community. Oconto Falls was recently awarded the Bronze Level from the Wisconsin Health Communities – the only city receiving an award north of Appleton. “It’s with great pride to say that our community has been awarded such an honor. Oconto Falls offers so many wonderful opportunities and programs to make our lives healthier. With the addition of the Oconto Falls Dog Park, our furry family members can stay healthier, too. Playtime is a perfect way to spend time with our pups and get the exercise we both need. Great achievement, Emily!” stated Chamber President Gail Yatso.

HSHS St. Clare, Prevea Now Offer DOT Medical Exams in Oconto County

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health now offer DOT medical exams at five locations throughout Oconto County: Oconto Falls, Suring, Gillett, Mountain and Lena.

A DOT medical exam is the evaluation required in order to operate a commercial vehicle in the United States. It is referred to as “medical fitness for duty” examination which ensures that each driver is capable and healthy enough to successfully complete the duties associated with commercial driving. DOT medical exams include vision, hearing, blood and urinalysis screenings, and are conducted by licensed medical examiners listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry.

“This is a convenient, local service for anyone needing to maintain or obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL),” said Jennifer Gibbons, APNP, FNP-BC, who is one of four FMCSA-licensed medical examiners now seeing patients at HSHS St. Clare/Prevea Health locations throughout Oconto County. Others include: Janet Richlen, MPAS, PA-C; Clayton Keene, APNP, FNP-BC; and Erin Bancroft, APNP, FNP-C.

Appointments for DOT medical exams are now available at the following HSHS St. Clare/Prevea Health locations:

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Gillett Health Center
340 N. Green Bay Ave., Gillett
(920) 855-2823

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Lena Health Center
200 S. Rosera St., Lena
(920) 829-6400

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Mountain Health Center
14353 Hwy 32/64, Mountain
(715) 276-1600

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center
835 S. Main St., Oconto Falls
(920) 846-8187

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Suring Health Center
913 E. Main St., Suring
(920) 842-1147

Oconto Falls High School Senior Tea held May 1


Row 1: Caitlin Johnson, Samantha Shallow, Joslyn Tolzman, Adeline Pumplun, Charis Wirtley, Andrea Waschbisch, Addison Hatch, and Janna Jeske
Row 2: Emma Huberty, Breanna Sadowski, Amber Proctor, Katelyn Albrecht, Grace Williams, and Lydia Murphy-Hendricks
Row 3: Isabella Behnke, Mackenzie Staidl, Emily Gonnering, Paige Stapleton, Kaelyn Allen, and Laken Wall

The 68th annual Oconto Falls High School Senior Tea took place on Wednesday, May 1 at Grace Lutheran Church.

The event has been sponsored by the Oconto Falls Women’s Club since 1951 and was originally held at the Cook Memorial Library and area homes. In 1961, Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls became its new location and has been the host site since that time!

The Senior Tea traditionally occurs on the first Wednesday in May and invites OFHS senior girls and their mothers or female guests to spend the evening sharing their accomplishments and dreams for the future. At this year’s event, snacks, desserts, and punch were served in the lower level of Grace Lutheran Church by the Oconto Falls Women’s Club members who coordinated the event, including President Romelle Delzer, Verna Peterson, Jeannie Waschbisch, Sally Holtz, Rachel Collar, Jeannie Peebles, and Laurie Fries.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Oconto Falls High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and several vocal soloists performing a variety of classical and musical theatre selections.

Free Presentation on Foot and Ankle Pain

On Thursday, May 16, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health will hold a free presentation for seniors in the community about common foot and ankle conditions and treatment options.

Dr. Wyatt Wiedenfeld

The presentation, led by podiatrist, Dr. Wyatt Wiedenfeld, and routine foot care specialist, Scott Maxon, RN, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Dining Room. Dr. Wiedenfeld and Scott see patients at the Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center – Medical Services Building on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

Event Details

  • Thursday, May 16
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m.
    • 4:30 p.m. – Complimentary Meal
    • 5 p.m. – Presentation
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls
    • Dining Room

A complimentary meal will be provided at this event. Pre-registration is requested and can be done by calling (920) 272-3355 or visiting: www.prevea.com

Bring Back the Night, benefiting HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

Bring Back the Night, a community event benefiting the advancement and support of patient care at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, will be held Friday, May 17 at Romy’s Holiday Inn in Kelly Lake.

Bring Back the Night is an evening for adults to relive a favorite pastime: prom! Attendees are encouraged to dress in prom attire from any decade of their choosing. There will be dinner, a cash bar, music and dancing. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Romy’s Holiday Inn is located at 9600 E County Road G in Kelly Lake.

Tickets are $30, which includes dinner, and can be purchased at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Health Centers in Oconto Falls, Lena, Gillett, Suring and Mountain. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 10. Dinner will include chicken, beef tips, fish, a vegetarian option and a variety of side dishes. Those who do not wish to have dinner, but still would like to attend, can purchase tickets at the door for $15 beginning at 7 p.m. the night of the event.

As part of a Catholic-based, nonprofit health care system, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provides care to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. Those who wish to make a gift to this cause may consider one of the following donation levels:

  • Freshman – $250, includes two tickets to Bring Back the Night
  • Sophomore – $500, includes four tickets to Bring Back the Night
  • Junior – $1,000, includes six tickets to Bring Back the Night
  • Senior – $2,000, includes eight tickets to Bring Back the Night

To make a donation or learn more, please contact Katie Pecha at (920) 848-6329 or katie.pecha@hshs.org.

Teens, Adults Invited to ‘Footloose’ Audition

Teens and adults who sing and dance are encouraged to audition for the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. summer musical, “Footloose.” “Footloose” is an explosive musical about teen-age rebellion, leading to resolution and healing in a small town.

Performers will have two opportunities to audition, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, or 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. The musical calls for a variety of roles, both male and female, teen and older. Newcomers are welcome. Families are encouraged to audition and make memories together by performing in the show.

Individuals who audition should come prepared to read from the script and sing a 2-minute selection of a Broadway tune. Songs may be sung a capella or with a karaoke track. Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear for a short choreography audition.

The show which will be performed June 21-23 and 28-30 at the Byng Community Theater. Tickets for the show are on sale now at AbramsSpotlightProductions.com or by calling the box office, 920-826-5852.

Medication Take-Back Drives

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, will each host a Medication Take-Back drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

The Medication Take-Back drives provide community members the opportunity safely dispose of unneeded medications:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications accepted
  • Cross out identifying information on the containers
  • Liquid medications should be kept in the original bottle, then placed in plastic bags
  • Items that contain mercury, syringes, needles, non-medical inhalers and medications from organizations and businesses will not be accepted

The drop-off area at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, 1726 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, will be located outdoors, near the emergency department entrance; at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, 3100 Superior Ave., Sheboygan, outdoors, near the emergency department; and at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls, indoors, near the pharmacy.

The Green Bay Police Department will be assisting with the drive at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center; the Sheboygan Police Department at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital; and the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Recognizes Hospital Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 7 – 13, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital recognizes the hard work, dedication and compassion of its volunteers.

In 2018, 33 volunteers put in a total of 4,295 volunteer hours for HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. They also coordinated fundraising projects and events to raise $8,800 to enhance programs and projects offered at the hospital.

“We are incredibly blessed to have dedicated volunteers that partner with us to bring health, healing and hope to our patients at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital,” said Mary Ann Brunette, volunteer services manager for HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “Volunteers bring joy to our patients and to all of us daily!”

Those interested in becoming a volunteer at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital should contact Amber Just, Volunteer Services Facilitator, at (920) 838-6348 or amber.just@hshs.org.