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 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

A Community Presentation about Human Trafficking

On Monday, April 22, local health and public safety experts will lead a community presentation at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital about human trafficking. Human trafficking is a widespread and evolving crime in the United States and abroad that affects both urban and rural communities.

“It is important for rural communities to get informed because we often assume our children and families are isolated from major crimes,” said Dr. Amy Romandine Kratz, a family medicine physician at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center. “Traffickers don’t discriminate geographically and some specifically target rural areas because they can often go undetected.”

Dr. Romandine Kratz along with Jamie Kuhn, Detective at the Oconto Falls Police Department and Oconto Falls School Resource Officer, and Shelby Mitchell, a Sex Trafficking Victim Advocate at Family Services Sexual Assault Center NE Wisconsin, will provide an educational presentation for the community to learn:

  • Human trafficking definitions and trends
  • Facts and statistics about human trafficking
  • How the human trafficking pandemic is impacting us locally
  • Human trafficking warning signs and risk factors
  • Importance of screening during doctor visits
  • Common misconceptions about human trafficking

Event Details

6 p.m. on Monday, April 22
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls
Assisi Conference Rooms

The free event is open to adults, and teenagers and pre-teens age 12 and up with a parent or guardian present. Food and beverages will be provided. Registration is required online by April 15 at under “Classes, Groups & Events.” For more information, call (920) 848-6329.

“Choose Local” with HSHS Pharmacy and Prescription Services

Recent pharmacy closure announcements in Eastern Wisconsin may have some community members in search of a new way to access prescription medications. HSHS Pharmacy and Prescription Services locations provide high-quality, friendly service, and are locally-owned and operated by HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

HSHS Pharmacies, located in Oconto Falls and Gillett, provide prescription and over-the-counter medications; friendly, knowledgeable pharmacists and staff; a 24-hour, automated phone line to fill and refill prescriptions; and free mail delivery and email notifications to alert patients when prescriptions are ready. They also provide flu and other vaccinations.

HSHS Pharmacy – Oconto Falls

  • Inside HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • (920) 846-8059

HSHS Pharmacy – Gillett

  • Inside Pat’s Market, 117 N. McKenzie St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (920) 848-6323

HSHS Prescription Services, located in Lena, Pulaski, Mountain and Oostburg, provide most of the same amenities as a pharmacy with the exception of an on-staff, in-person pharmacist. At HSHS Prescription Services locations, a pharmacist based at an HSHS Pharmacy location in Oconto Falls or Gillett will consult with patients via real-time, video technology. Pharmacy technicians are on staff in-person to assist patients, coordinate video consultation with the pharmacist and provide medications.

HSHS Prescription Services – Lena

  • Inside Prevea Lena Health Center, 200 S. Rosera St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (920) 829-6400

HSHS Prescription Services – Pulaski

  • Inside Prevea Pulaski Health Center, 940 S. St. Augustine St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (920) 272-3330

HSHS Prescription Services – Mountain

  • Inside Prevea Mountain Health Center, 14353 Hwy 32-64
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (715) 276-1600

HSHS Prescription Services – Oostburg

  • Inside Prevea Oostburg Health Center, 11 S. 10th St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (920) 564-5177

Most insurance plans are accepted at HSHS Pharmacy and HSHS Prescription Services locations. For more
information, visit:

Local High School Choir Students Perform in Treble Honors Choir

OFHS Choral Students: Seated – Laken Wall; Row 1 – Christina Bauer, Hope Hujet, Jesalynn Wilkerson, Madeline Dorn, Andrea Waschbisch, Mackenzie Staidl, Paige Stapleton; Row 2 – Charis Wirtley, Carina Wirtley, Autumn Canavera, Emma Bliskey, Lydia Romback, Isabella Rennie, Catelyn Kramer, and Grace Williams

16 Oconto Falls High School Choir students recently participated in the M & O Music Conference and Near North Music Conference Treble Honors Choir. The festival, held at Gillett High School, included three schools from the M & O Conference – Gillett High School, Suring High School and Coleman High School, and three schools from the Near North Music Conference – Oconto Falls High School, Marinette High School and St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. Participating choral directors included Abbygaile Jadin (Gillett HS), Kaci Halverson-Boehmer (Suring HS), Kathleen Bader (Coleman HS), Amy Thiel (Oconto Falls HS), Cyndee Giebler (Marinette HS), and Susan Thornton (St. Thomas Aquinas Academy).

The area choir students worked together for the day-long festival and presented a Treble Honors Choir concert in the Meunier-Pelow Auditorium at Gillett High School. Performance selections included Omina Sol (Let your Heart Be Staid) by Z. Randall Stroope, Bashana Haba’ah arranged by V. Pasternak, No Time arranged by Susan Burmfield, Faithfully by Jonathan Cain, and Changes by Audrey Snyder.

Dr. Sarah Parks, Professor of Music at St. Norbert College in DePere served as the clinican and conductor for the Treble Honors Choir. She joined the music faculty of St. Norbert College in 2009 as head of choirs and choral music education. Her college choirs have toured regionally and internationally, most recently to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. The St. Norbert College Chamber Singers have been selected as a featured performance ensemble for WMEA and WCDA state conferences and the choirs have been invited to perform on stage with distinguished musical artists, ranging from John Rutter to Kenny Rogers.

Student participants from Oconto Falls High School included: Christina Bauer, Emma Bliskey, Autumn Canavera, Madeline Dorn, Hope Hujet, Catelyn Kramer, Isabella Rennie, Lydia Romback, Mackenzie Staidl, Paige Stapleton, Laken Wall, Andrea Waschbisch, Jesalynn Wilkerson, Grace Williams, Carina Wirtley, and Charis Wirtley.

Other area student participants included: Camilla Doherty and Grace Fischer (Suring High School); Livia Benson, Halle Beranek and Karah Nelson (St. Thomas Aquinas Academy); Jerika Heroux and Myriah Marohl (Gillett High School); Mckenzie Champagne, Gabrielle Meyer, and Coral Ermis (Coleman High School); and Kayden McClurg, Kandyce Mitchell, Skylar Norman, and Lily Teske (Marinette High School).

Annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction

The Oconto Falls-area community is invited to the Annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction, hosted by the colleagues and Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s dining room and will feature an all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $9. The buffet will include the hospital’s signature hot chicken salad, ham and cheese sandwiches, a variety of salads, dinner rolls, coffee, milk and desserts. For more information on the Salad Luncheon or to make group reservations, contact Sue Allshouse at (920) 373-7685.

In support of the Partner’s Salad Luncheon on Feb. 12, colleagues of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host the Love Basket Silent Auction in the HSHS St. Clare Assisi Room from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the same day.

Themes for baskets vary from year to year. Popular baskets from previous years have included I Love the Packers, I Love Wine, I Love Gardening and I Love Birds. In addition to the silent auction for the baskets, raffle tickets are sold for love-themed bucket raffles. Bidding on the Love Baskets and raffle ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. For more information about the Love Basket Silent Auction or to donate a basket, call Dawn Coppens at (920) 846-3444.

All proceeds from the Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction will help the Partners support programs and enhance patient care at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

Triple C Riders Toy Donation to HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

On Friday, Dec. 21, members of the Triple C Riders motorcycle group dropped off seven boxes of new toys to be distributed to young patients and visitors at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Featured in the photo, from left to right:
David Kuam of Triple C Riders
David Lally, Director of Business Development at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Walter Woodward of Triple C Riders
Don Derouin of Triple C Riders
Bettie Woodward of Triple C Riders

This is the 10th anniversary of the Triple C Riders’ Christmas toy drive in which they donate new toys to area hospitals.  The Triple C Riders are made up of members from Menominee, Marinette and Oconto Counties, all of whom help to generously collect these toys throughout the year.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is very grateful to the Triple C Riders for their generosity and thoughtfulness.  We will distribute these toys to young patients and visitors, as needed, throughout the year and for as long as the supply of toys lasts.   We know they will bring much joy and comfort to those who receive them!


OFHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble Celebrates the Season!

The Oconto Falls High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble spread the spirit of the holiday season on Tuesday, December 11 with children and adults of all ages!

The singers performed a 50-minute program filled with holiday favorites in Green Bay at Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living for residents, BayPark Square as part of their Salvation Army Red Kettle promotions, and even performed a few selections for the wonderful guests and staff at Perkins Restaurant!

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble community outreach continued in Oconto Falls as they sang traditional holiday carols for various residents and businesses, including HSHS St. Clare Hospital and City Hall.  The performances were an amazing way for these talented singers to share the gift of music with others!

Pictured are:
Row 1: Alex Waschbisch, Connor Romandine, Aidan Spillane
Row 2: Keith Van Dornick, Cedar Olson, Santa Claus, Mackenzie Staidl, Hunter Schaden
Row 3: Lyndsey Luebke, Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Andrea Waschbisch