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Update Regarding HSHS Hospital Visitor Restrictions

In an effort to further control the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) into our hospitals as well as throughout the community, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is implementing updated visitor restrictions at the following hospitals, effective 7 a.m. on March 21, 2020:

  • HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay
  • HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital, Green Bay
  • HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay
  • HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, Oconto Falls
  • Libertas Treatment Center, Green Bay and Marinette

Visitors are not allowed at any of the above-mentioned locations until further notice. The new and only exception to this policy allows for ONE (1) approved adult visitor, who is cold/flu symptom-free, for the duration of a patient’s stay under the following circumstances:

  • Obstetrical patients may have ONE (1) support person.
  • Pediatric patients under the age of 18 may have ONE (1) parent or guardian present.
  • Patients nearing end-of-life may have ONE (1) support person; extenuating circumstances will be evaluated.
  • Outpatient services patients should ask their support person to wait in the car until their service is complete.
  • Patients having surgery may have ONE (1) support person.
  • Patients seeking emergency care may have ONE (1) support person who is required to be in the patient room at all times; extenuating circumstances will be evaluated.

It is imperative to make these changes for the safety of all patients and hospital staff to reduce the risk of infection and to preserve important health care resources during this time of a public health emergency. We understand how important it is for loved ones to be able to connect to patients during times of need, and so we encourage the use of cell phone calls, text or video chat if available. Loved ones can also call our hospitals directly to be connected to patients’ rooms via telephone.

  • HSHS St. Vincent: (920) 433-0111
  • HSHS St. Mary’s: (920) 498-4200
  • HSHS St. Nicholas: (920) 459-8300
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial : (920) 846-3444

Abrams Theater to hold auditions for Mark Twain Show

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold virtual auditions for its summer play, “Mark Twain’s the Diaries of Adam and Eve.” Adults and teens 16 and older are encouraged to audition. The play calls for a variety of roles, both male and female. Newcomers are encouraged to audition. No previous experience is necessary.

The play is a light-hearted look at the world’s first love story through the eyes of America’s great humorist, Mark Twain. Throughout the play, the Garden of Eden bursts with wit, laughter, and the lyric poignance of the first love and the first loss.

The show is scheduled to be presented June 19-21 and 26-28 at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

Anyone interested in auditioning should email theater.aspi@gmail.com or call 920-826-5852. Individuals will be asked to record themselves reading from the script and send the recording to ASPI electronically. ASPI will provide the reading. Submissions are due by 8 p.m. Friday, March 27.

Anyone interested in helping out behind the scenes should call 920-826-5852 to volunteer.

First produced for “American Playhouse,” on PBS, “Mark Twain’s the Diaries of Adam and Eve” is a uniquely American theater piece. The show has been produced well over 200 times in both extended runs and touring engagements at regional theaters, university theaters, and performing arts centers across the country.

OFHS Choir Students Selected to WCDA All-State Choir

L to R: Connor Romandine, Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Cedar Olson, and Keith Van Dornick

Oconto Falls High School Choirs were proud to have five students selected to perform as part of the WCDA All-State Choirs in January, 2020. Approximately 100 -120 singers from the state were selected for each of the choirs, which represented outstanding choral students from throughout the state. A final All-State Choir performance was held at Lawrence University in Appleton.

Representing the All-State Bass Clef Choir were Connor Romandine, son on Ron and Carrie Romandine, and Keith Van Dornick, son of Wendy and James Van Dornick, Jr. Autumn Canavera, daughter of Scott and Jennifer Canavera, Cedar Olson, daughter of Scott Olson, and Isabella Rennie, daughter of Chad and Heather Rennie, were selected for the All-State Treble Clef Choir. Students were nominated by their high school choral director, Miss Amy Thiel.

The conductor of the All-State Bass Clef Choir was Dr. Anthony Trecek-King, President and Artistic Director of the award-winning Boston Children’s Choir. The 108-voice men’s ensemble representing 38 high schools choral music programs in Wisconsin performed Ho Boys Cancha Lin’em, Song of the Blacksmith, Arrow, The Warrior, Sit Down Servant, and Hard Times Comes Again No More.

The conductor of the All-State Treble Clef Choir was Professor Giselle Wyers of the University of Washington, where she conducts the University Chorale. The 119-voice women’s ensemble representing 46 high school choral music programs in Wisconsin performed Vidi Aquam, Flower Duet, In Freezing Winter Night, Nada te Turbe, Woodsmoke and Oranges, and Barso.

The All-State Choir program is one of four signature programs offered by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association that promotes its mission to foster musical excellence through education, collaboration, and inspiration.

Abrams Theatre Postpones “My Fair Lady”

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. has postponed the upcoming musical “My Fair Lady.” Future show dates are currently being reviewed.
The suspension is in support of the well-being of the theater-going public as well as those who work on the production, subject to ongoing assessment by county and state health authorities. ASPI takes the health and safety of our patrons, staff and community seriously and urge everyone to follow the guidelines set forth by public health officials.
ASPI customers with tickets to the show will be contacted via phone or email with further information.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present the award-winning Broadway musical, “My Fair Lady,” March 20-22 and 27-29. Originally produced in 1956, “My Fair Lady” depicts the transformation of Eliza Doolittle under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins. Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s most popular musical collaboration earned nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Director Tim Rutten- Kempees described “My Fair Lady” as a classic Broadway show known for its songs, including “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “The Rain in Spain.”

“There’s so much to enjoy about this show, but in particular will be the music and dancing,” Rutten- Kempees said. “I look forward to the audience leaving after curtain call humming their favorite tune from the show.”

Bobby Buffington, Justin Norman, Abby Frank rehearse a scene from the musical “My Fair Lady,” to be presented by Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. March 20-22 and 27-29.

The cast of “My Fair Lady” represents a mix of ages from 10 to 60-plus and features newcomers and returning veterans with a diverse range of experience. Portraying the lead roles of Eliza and Professor Henry Higgins are Abby Frank and Bobby Buffington.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21, 27 and 28, and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and 28, and Sunday, March 22 and 29, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. The audience is invited to an opening night gala after the March 20 performance. The gala features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments with the cast and crew.

Tickets are available at AbramsTheater.com or by calling the box office, 920-826-5852.

The show is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, a Concord Theatricals Company.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Although colon cancer is a preventable and curable disease if caught early, it remains the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The experts at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health provide highly-effective screening, prevention and treatment of colon cancer.

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons recommends people at an average risk of getting colon cancer receive a colonoscopy beginning at age 50. Increased risk patients may need earlier and more frequent screening depending upon recommendation by a health care provider.

People at an increased risk for colon cancer include:

  • Those with a personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • Those with a personal history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer
  • Those with chronic ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease

In addition to regular screening for colon cancer, you may also be able to lower your risk by:

  • Avoiding foods in high fat
  • Adding plenty of vegetables, fruits and other high-fiber foods to your diet
  • Exercising regularly and maintaining a normal body weight
  • Not smoking
  • Drinking alcohol only in moderation

Warning signs of colon cancer can include:

  • Blood in or on the stool
  • Recurrent shifts in normal bowel habits such as experiencing diarrhea or constipation for no known reason
  • Thinning of the stool
  • Increases in stomach discomfort (bloating, gas, fullness and/or cramps that last more than a few days)
  • A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Constant and unexplained fatigue

Those interested in recognizing Colon Cancer Awareness month are encouraged to wear blue for National Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 6. For more information about colon cancer screening, prevention and treatment, or to schedule an appointment, call (920) 429-1700.

An Important Message during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are committed to raising awareness about the symptoms of heart attacks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds in the United States. If you notice symptoms of a heart attack in yourself of someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. The chances of survival are greater the sooner emergency treatment begins.

The five major symptoms of a heart attack for men and women include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
  • Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulders
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest comfort

In addition to these symptoms, women are more likely to experience:

  • Unusual or unexplained tiredness
  • Nausau or vomiting

How cold weather may play a role:
Cold weather does not increase the risk of heart attack for the average healthy person, but it can be problematic for someone with underlying heart disease. Those with underlying heart disease may already have narrowing of the blood vessels. Cold weather, especially sub-zero temperatures, can cause the vessels to constrict even further, limiting blood flow to vital organs and potentially resulting in a heart attack.

For more information about heart attack and heart disease, please visit the “Heart Care” resources section of www.prevea.com. A podcast episode featuring Prevea interventional cardiologist, Dr. Todd Fergus, and his experiences in caring for those affected by heart attack, is also available now on Prevea Health’s new podcast, Plug In to Health on Apple, Spotify and www.prevea.com/podcast. Look for “Heart Attack: What You Need to Know.”

Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Annual Luncheon and Love Basket Raffle

Oconto Falls and surrounding communities are invited to the Annual Luncheon and Love Basket Raffle, hosted by the colleagues and Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital on Friday, Feb. 14 at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the hospital’s dining room and will feature steak, shrimp, and a variety of sides, as well as coffee, milk and desserts. Tickets are $10 per person at the door. For more information, please contact Sue Allshouse at (920) 373-7685.

In support of the Annual Luncheon on Feb. 14, colleagues of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host the Love Basket Raffle in the hospital’s Assisi Room from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the same day. A variety of themed baskets will be up for grabs! Popular baskets from previous years have included I Love the Packers, I Love Wine, I Love Gardening and I Love Birds. Those interested in donating a basket should contact Dawn Coppens at (920) 846-3444.

All proceeds from the Annual Luncheon and Love Basket Raffle will help the Partners support programs at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

After 5: Abrams Theater Night of Entertainment

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will host an After 5 Joint Chamber of Commerce Event with hors d’oeuvres, song & dance, and the community theater’s plans for 2020. Oconto and Oconto Falls Chamber members and their guests are encouraged to attend!

Who: Oconto and Oconto Falls Chamber members and their guests
What: After 5 Joint Chamber of Commerce Event
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19
Where: Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams

What to expect:

  • Food & refreshments
  • Live musical performances by talented ASPI performers
  • Tours
  • Opportunities to network with members of both the Oconto and Oconto Falls Chambers

Bring a guest, and join us for a night at the theater! Whether it’s your first visit or your 100th, come see what’s happening in the community.
Don’t miss the next show! Purchase your tickets to the classic musical, “My Fair Lady,” (March 20-22 and 27-29) at www.AbramsTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 920-826-5852.

Packerland Websites, Dynamic Designs form partnership

Packerland Websites and Dynamic Designs Unlimited have forged a new partnership, as of Jan. 1. Local businesses, municipalities, and organizations now have two great companies working for their success. Packerland Websites will provide website management and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services to clients previously served by Dynamic Designs.

“We’ve known Bill Koehne and his team at Packerland Websites for quite some time, and the decision to team up with their organization was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made,” said Tammy Brzeczkowski, of Dynamic Designs. “They have a similar corporate culture, values and belief system – an organization that is truly focused on their clients’ success.”

Dynamic Designs, 1142 Mountain Bay Drive, Pulaski, will continue to provide digital and traditional marketing services including social media, email marketing, geo-fencing, marketing consulting, promotional products, and branded apparel. In addition, Dynamic Designs will sell SEO and website packages, which Packerland Websites will develop and maintain.

Bill said he looks forward to bringing a fresh perspective to clients previously served by Dynamic Designs.

“This is the time of year when I’m reminded that websites don’t take snow days. A website works 24/7 to represent your brand, and we take the time to design and maintain the right website for you,” he said. “We combine marketing and SEO strategies, both on and off the website pages, to help our clients meet their goals.”

Packerland Websites’ team of digital marketing specialists serves clients at two locations, 2140 Velp Avenue, Green Bay, and 5406 Mary Court, Abrams.

To learn more about website and SEO strategies, visit PackerlandWebsites.com or call 920-826-5901. To learn more about promotional products, digital and traditional marketing, and branded apparel, visit DynamicDesignsPulaski.com or call 920-822-4450.

Charles Van Sickle Scholarship

Oconto Electric Cooperative invites students to apply for the 2020 Charles Van Sickle Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a pre-law or law student who has an interest in cooperative law. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment established in 2013 to honor Wisconsin’s renowned electric cooperative lobbyist and attorney, the late Charles Van Sickle. The scholarship will be awarded during the Spring 2020 semester. Contact OEC for an application.