Oconto Falls High School Presents The Sound of Music

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical.  When a postulant proves too high-spirited for religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain.  Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry.  Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy.  The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.  The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

The cast includes Andrea Waschbisch as Maria Rainer, Keith Van Dornick as Captain Georg Von Trapp, Aidan Spillane as Max Detweiller, Catelyn Kramer as Elsa Schraeder, and Connor Romandine as Rolf Gruber.  The Von Trapp children include Lyndsey Luebke as Liesl, Aaron Gonnering as Friedrich, Khloe Van Dornick as Louisa, Alex Waschbisch as Kurt, McKenzie Jackson as Brigitta, Autumn Canavera as Marta, and Jessica Wolford as Gretl. Paige Stapleton portrays Mother Abbess, with Cameron Mercier as Sister Berthe, Isabella Rennie as Sister Margaretta, and Cedar Olson as Sister Sophia.  Nuns and Postulants in the chorus include Novalee Bauer, Madeline Dorn, Lydia Romback, Lauryn Slade, Grace Williams, Carina Wirtley, and Haley Schwantes, who also portrays Frau Schmidt and Ursula.  The cast also includes Simon Pumplun as Herr Zeller, Dakota Brungraber as Franz and a soldier, and Josh Czerwinski as Admiral von Schreiber and Baron Elberfeld.  The pit band for the production includes Melody Kostreva on piano, Laurie Karnopp on synthesizer & strings, Victoria Athey on flute/piccolo, Samantha Landvick on clarinet, Kayle Hines on soprano saxophone, Greg Schliep, Emily Gonnering, and Gabby Wellnitz on trumpet, Kelly Hasselhuhn and Carli Fischer on French horn, Danny Smith and Maddie Haines on trombone, Paul Langlay on tuba, Jerry Wirtley on string bass, and Jeremy Seelig on percussion.   This year’s set construction crew includes Alex Barbin, Jacob Saari, David Kaczmarek, and Chase Pecha.  Technical/Backstage crew includes Paige Renier and Emma Bliskey as stage managers, Cade Ruthsack, Allison Gerlach, Donovan Kamke, John Wolford, and Gayle Gander.

Directors for THE SOUND OF MUSIC are Amy Thiel (Vocals/Technical/Set & Props), Susan Seidl (Drama/Technical/Set & Props), Victoria Dominguez (Pit Band), and David Heisel (Construction).  Laura Kostreva is the choreographer.

Several OFHS parent volunteer teams have also assisted with the production, including:  Carrie Romandine and Pam Jackson – raffle team coordinators;
Dwyla Slade and Nikki Stapleton – publicity team coordinators; Ron Romandine and Kris Luebke – prop team coordinators; Carolyn Kramer and Wendy Van Dornick – Saturday evening reception team; and Michelle and Mary Dorn – Seamstress team. Additional parent/community team volunteers include Bev Schwantes, Sue Waschbisch, Patrick and Julie Spillane, Mike Stapleton, Sue Gonnering, Jerry and Krista Wirtley, Paul Luebke, Erika Bauer, Heather Rennie and Bev Umentum.

2018 Performances will be held on:
Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m.
All performances will be held at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located at Oconto Falls High School, 210 North Farm Road, Oconto Falls.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children/students are available in the OFHS Main Office between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.  Tickets will also be available 1 hour before each performance at the door.  All seats are General Admission.  Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Community Halloween Party a Success

The Oconto Falls High School Music Department was proud to sponsor the 29th annual Community Halloween Party for children in Oconto Falls and the surrounding areas on Monday, October 22.


Over 300 children in grades Pre-school through grade six attended the event, which 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.

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 Art Department, OFHS Band, OFHS Choir, Oconto Falls Lions Club and the Oconto Falls Police Department; INDIVIDUALS— Terry Bitters, Joe and Monica Gostisha, Tom and Karen Lutz, Don and Judy Osborne, and Terry and Bev Umentum; BUSINESSES—BMO Harris Bank, The Antique Bar, Coachlight Inn,  Flower Shoppe II, Hometown Veterinary Clinic, Howard Eslien Law Office, Jones Funeral Service, Luisier Drilling, Inc., Metzler-Hanson Realty, Mortell Studio, N.E.W. Credit Union, Oconto Electric Cooperative,  Senn Hometown Insurance, Spaulding Construction, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 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 extremely proud of the Choir and Band student 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!

Spiritual Care Week is Oct. 21 – 27

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls recognizes Spiritual Care Week – a time to honor those who serve in various ministries and provide spiritual healing to others in need.

Spiritual Care Week, coming up Oct. 21 – 27, is sponsored by the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings Network – a national organization of spiritual care providers, professionals, chaplains and a faith group endorser. The week-long observance recognizes the importance of spirituality and spiritual leaders as a part of the healing process.

“Spiritual caregivers make rounds to patients every day and are on-call after hours to provide spiritual assistance to patients and their families,” explains Mary Salm, Director of Spiritual Care and Mission Integration for HSHS Wisconsin and Door County Medical Center. “During times of illness, knowing someone cares brings a sense of healing and hope to the sick and their families. They offer support and education, share prayers and simply listen to patients.”

Each day, spiritual caregivers are invited into the life experiences of women, men, children and organizations. Spiritual Care Week provides an opportunity for the community to recognize chaplains and spiritual care counselors, educators and providers for bringing many gifts to the process of restoration to patients, young and old.

“Spiritual Care Week is a wonderful time to recognize those providing spiritual care within our community,” says Salm. “We honor the work of our hospital chaplains during this week, but also the work of the many other clergy and spiritual leaders throughout the area who faithfully come to be with their parishioners during hospital stays.”

All those who provide spiritual care to others, regardless of faith tradition, whether clergy or not, those who give spiritual care in specialized settings such as hospitals, prisons, businesses, industries, long-term care facilities, spiritual counseling centers, hospices, military settings, nursing homes, congregations of sisters, priests and brothers, schools, universities, seminaries, and many more – HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital celebrates them and appreciates all they do for our patients and the community.


Gala to Benefit St. Gianna Clinic in Green Bay Nov. 6

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the St. Gianna Clinic, in collaboration with the Green Bay Diocesan Office of Marriage, Family Life and Pro-Life, will host the 4th Annual Gala at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay.

The evening gala will feature Mass with Bishop David L. Ricken, a social with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and speakers, Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla and Dr. Teresa Stanton Collett. The event will benefit the St. Gianna Clinic, a not-for-profit, Catholic-based health care clinic located at 1727 Shawano Ave. in Green Bay. It was established in 2015 and offers primary medical care for adults and children, women’s care and natural family planning services. All medical care provided at the St. Gianna Clinic aligns with the teachings of the Catholic Church and serves people of all faiths.

The St. Gianna Clinic is named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2004 and is considered the patron saint of mothers, physicians and unborn children. St.

Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla

Gianna, a physician, died in 1962 following the birth of her fourth child, Gianna Emanuela Molla. During her pregnancy, St. Gianna was diagnosed with a tumor in her uterus and told by doctors she risked death if she followed through with the birth of her child. Intent on saving the life of her unborn child, St. Gianna chose to continue her pregnancy and died one week after the birth of her daughter. That daughter, Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla (pictured at right), will be a featured speaker at the gala Nov. 6.

“It is with deep-felt honor and gratitude that we are able to welcome Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla to the city of Green Bay and to the gala,” said Dr. Robin Goldsmith, the co-founder, president and chief medical officer of the St. Gianna Clinic in Green Bay. “She will be able to see and learn first-hand, the lifesaving, life-changing work our clinic and our wonderful physicians perform each day in the name and honor of her mother and of the Catholic Church.”

Dr. Teresa Stanton Collett, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota who specializes in the subjects of marriage, religion and bioethics, will also speak at the gala. Her presentation will focus on “Thinking Outside the Pill: Humanae Vitae for the Next Generations.” In addition, Bishop David Ricken’s Mass at the gala will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae – Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on God’s plan for married love and procreation.

Gala attendees will also have the opportunity learn more about the expansion project underway at St. Gianna Clinic, which aims to create more space and enhance services for its growing patient base.

All details for the upcoming gala can be found below. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for adults. Registration is requested by Monday, Oct. 29 at:

St. Gianna Clinic 4th Annual Gala
Tuesday, Nov. 6
5:30 p.m. – Mass with Bishop David Ricken
6 p.m. – Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
7:15 p.m. – Guest speakers: Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla and Dr. Teresa Stanton Collett
Meyer Theatre – 117 South Washington St., Green Bay

Prevea Offers Vaccine Clinics and Tips to Fight the Flu

Flu season will soon be underway, and Prevea Health is encouraging community members to get a flu shot, as it is the most important step in preventing the disease.

The flu shot fights a different group of flu viruses each year; therefore, it’s important to be vaccinated yearly. Flu shots are especially important for young children, pregnant women, people age 65 and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease. Yearly flu shots should begin soon after the flu vaccine is available, ideally by October. However, getting vaccinated later in the season can still be beneficial, as flu viruses may still be circulating.

Prevea Health is now offering flu vaccines at all locations across Northeast Wisconsin, including in the Green Bay, Lakeshore and Northern regions. Click here for locations and hours, or visit:
Call (920) 496-4700 to schedule an appointment.

To further prevent the spread of the flu and in addition to receiving the flu shot:

  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash hands with hot water and soap often, especially before you eat. Or, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that may harbor flu germs.
  • Eat a balanced diet to keep your immune system healthy.
  • Get enough exercise.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting. If you or someone you know may have the flu, stay home, treat the fever and contact your health care provider if necessary.

Community Halloween Party Set for October 22

The Oconto Falls High School Choir and Band are proud to sponsor the 29th Annual Community Halloween Party for children in Pre-school through grade six on Monday, October 22, 2018.  The event will be held in the OFHS Wrestling Gym from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  A parade of costumes will take place at 5:30 p.m. so be sure to dress in your favorite costume!

Many fun and exciting “ghoulish” games will be designed and operated by the OFHS music students!  Prizes for the games will include candy and a variety of other donated items.

Admission is $3.00 per person.  Donated canned food items will also be collected at the Community Halloween Party entrance for the Kingdom Come Food Pantry.  Please enter using the side doors (Guidance Office) of Oconto Falls High School.

Businesses and individuals that wish to make donations for door prizes or monetary donations toward the purchase of candy are asked to send donations to:  OFHS Music Department Halloween Fund, Att:  Amy Thiel, Choral Director, 210 North Farm Road, Oconto Falls, WI  54154

Join us for another exciting community event!

4th Annual “A Walk to Remember” Set for Saturday, Oct. 13

A Walk to Remember, a pregnancy and infant loss awareness walk hosted by Share of Northeast Wisconsin, will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

The annual event helps to raise awareness of perinatal loss and to honor babies who have gone too soon. The memorial walk is 1-2 miles and can be taken at participants’ own pace. The event will also feature a short program, bubble release, prayer corner and a special memorial area for babies lost to SIDS. A Walk to Remember is held each year in October to recognize National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

“Across the country, families symbolically join together in events to raise awareness of the impact of the loss of a baby,” said Theresa Shuck, certified bereavement coordinator for Share of Northeast Wisconsin at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. “It is important to educate others to provide appropriate sensitivity and understanding to ensure families receive the support they deserve after the tragic loss of their baby. A Walk to Remember also provides an opportunity to gather to remember and honor the babies who have touched our lives and our hearts but are no longer with us. We will walk together as a community for the steps our babies will never take.”

A Walk to Remember

Saturday, Oct. 13
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay
10 a.m.
To register, visit

Registration is required for A Walk to Remember and is $12 per person age 18 and over and free of charge for those age 17 and under. Memorial t-shirts are also available for purchase at $15 each and can be ordered online at time of registration, then picked up on site the day of the walk. Orders must be placed prior to Sept. 23 to guarantee sizes. After expenses, money raised from A Walk to Remember will benefit Share of Northeast Wisconsin, which provides a variety of services at no cost to local families who have suffered pregnancy and infant loss. Services include memorial services, photography, mementos, support group meetings, literature and more.

Community Invited to Mass and Reception Celebrating New Hospital President and CEO, Chris Brabant


HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invites the local community to an outdoor mass and reception on Thursday, Sept. 20 to celebrate the appointment of new president and CEO, Chris Brabant.

The outdoor mass, celebrated by Fr. John Girotti, will begin at 2 p.m. on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Music will also be performed by local church choirs, and a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will follow.

Chris began serving as HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital president and CEO on Aug. 20, 2018. Prior to this role, he had served as the HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division Executive Director of Surgical Services for the Heart, Lung and Vascular Center and Prevea Health Vascular Surgery in Green Bay since 2013.

Mass and Reception
Thursday, Sept. 20
Mass begins at 2 p.m., with reception to follow
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls

Learn more about Chris Brabant, MBA, FACHE, and his appointment as president and CEO of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital by clicking here.

Chris replaces Paula Hafeman, Chief Nursing Executive of HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division, who was serving as the interim president and CEO of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, following the departure of former HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Chief Operating Officer, Dan DeGroot, who now serves as the president and CEO of Stoughton Hospital in Stoughton, Wis.

Taste in Oconto County Coming Soon!

Home Respite Care presents its 26th annual fundraiser Taste in Oconto County.

The event is being held at The Holiday Inn at Kelly Lake on Sunday, October 14, 2018, between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Guests will receive a complimentary wine glass at the door sponsored by Oconto Electric Cooperative and Witt’s Piggly Wiggly.

Raffles and auctions are being held throughout the day.

For more information, visit our website, email us at, or call 920-848-6368.

We look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Wiedenfeld Now Seeing Patients in Oconto Falls and Marinette

Prevea Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Wyatt Wiedenfeld to its family of care.
As a podiatrist, Dr. Wiedenfeld provides comprehensive podiatric care for children and adults. He also specializes in:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of common foot problems, including bunions and hammertoes
  • Arthroscopic surgery and minimally invasive techniques
  • Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery
  • Arthritis affecting the foot and ankle
  • Sports injuries
  • Foot and ankle trauma
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Comprehensive wound care

Dr. Wiedenfeld sees patients at the Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center – Medical Services Building on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, located at 853 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls; and at the Prevea Marinette Health Center, located at 1409 Cleveland Ave. in Marinette. Appointments can be made at either location by calling (920) 846-4680.

“It is important to give adequate time to patients to listen and understand their discomfort and how it affects their daily lives,” says Dr. Wiedenfeld. “I want to educate patients about their concerns and together develop a quality treatment plan to achieve their goals.”

Dr. Wiedenfeld is from Lake Mills, Wis. and grew up on a dairy farm. He graduated medical school at the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed residency in foot and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery at St. John Providence & Providence Park Hospital in Southfield, Mich. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking and watching football.