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2:25 PM, Dec. 19, 2012  |  Comments
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Five years ago - Dec. 19, 2007

? The Oconto Falls Tissue Mill suffered fire damages Sunday afternoon when its No. 1 paper machine caught fire, sending flames into the air and igniting a nearby wall. Firemen from Oconto Falls, with mutual aid from Lena, were summoned and spent several hours at the scene. No estimate of damages was made, but the mill was open for business this Monday morning.

? A former Oconto woman, Dorothy Stutz, had a special birthday party recently at Manor Care in Shawano, where she resides - her 100th birthday. She grew up on a farm in Pensaukee and tended bar in Oconto for 46 years, including 14 years at a tavern she and her late husband, Ray, owned. Attending the party were four generations of her family, plus other friends.

? A successful hunt by three generations of Stewarts: Roger Stewart; Scott Stewart, Roger's son; Jesse Stewart, Roger's nephew; and Steven Stewart, Roger's grandson. Steven is now the fourth generation of the Stewart family.

? Congratulations to Blake Bostwick on his first hunt. On opening morning he bagged a 10-pointer north of Oconto.

? Oconto Blue Devils Boys Basketball Team used a 14-6 third quarter to down host Sturgeon Bay last Friday, 58-50, giving the Devils a 4-0 record in the Packerland Conference and a 5-1 overall mark. Members of the team are Michael Young, Koty Slough, Josh Johnson, Steve Stewart, Antowon Epps, Mike Nerenhausen, Mike Vincent, Robbie Bikowski, Larry Darr, Logan Ellman and Charlie Olson. Head coach is Mike Ruechel.

10 years ago - Dec. 18, 2002

? The Stephenson National Bank & Trust announced that Beth Larson has successfully completed Fundamentals of Lending School. She is assistant branch manager at the bank's Oconto office.

? Erica Jeske, Amanda Maynard and Matt Carper, senior members of the Oconto High School Band, have been chosen to be members of the 19th annual Wisconsin All-State Band. This select ensemble has membership of the leading musicians from more than 50 schools throughout Wisconsin.

? The Oconto varsity basketball team consists of Samantha Routheau, Kristin Heroux, Erin Conrad, Bobbi Daul, Stephanie Bickel, Lindsey Christensen, Kelly Wenzel, Danielle Brill, Amanda Maynard, Lauren Bake, Mallory Dieck, Melissa Mayerhofer and Samantha Mayerhofer. Coach is Russ Young.

25 years ago - Dec. 16, 1987

? Glenn Garvey, mayor of the city of Oconto since 1982, has announced that he will not seek election to another term of office as mayor. "Being mayor is an honor and a privilege and I've very much enjoyed serving," said Garvey.

? Garner Sowle last week filed nomination papers for mayor.

? A few months ago the Kiwanis International board of directors approved the admission of women into membership. And just recently the Oconto Kiwanis Club accepted its first woman member, Mrs. Rose Stellmacher, who is a member of the Oconto School Board.

? The Oconto City Council last week approved changing two of the four polling places for elections. Instead of at Farnsworth Library and the Armory. elections will be at First American Lutheran Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church. The change is due to too many steps to climb.

? The winner of the DAR Good Citizen Award for Lena high school is Todd Dembroski, son of Ron and Judy Dembroski of Lena.

? Rev. David Hartmann is the new pastor of Emmaus Assembly of God. He was licensed as an Assembly of God minister in 1984. He and his wife, Sue, are natives of Wisconsin.

? Frankie Klozotsky was presented the God and Family Religious Award by Pastor Warren Worden of the Oconto Gospel Chapel. Frankie was presented the God and Me Religious Award last year and is the only Cub Scout in Pack 4084 to have earned two religious awards.

? The Oconto County Democratic Party officers for 1988 are Stanley Leja, chairperson; Linda Fassbender, first vice chair; Andrew Malecki, second vice chair; Robert Rost, third vice chair; Robert Nelson, secretary; Alvin Nelsen, treasurer and Carl Wildt, sergeant-of-arms.

50 years ago - Dec. 20, 1962

? The youngest soloist in the Oconto school music concert Sunday afternoon was little Steven Uphill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Uphill, a first-grader at Jefferson School. His song: "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

? An Oconto County soldier, Spec. 4 Harvey Kadlec, 19, was killed Saturday when his auto went out of control on a curve and crashed near Verona, Italy.

? William J. Stemmler, who has served as work unit conservationist for the Oconto county district for 11 years will retire Dec. 28 after completing 28 years of service with the United States Department of Agriculture in various agencies and capacities.

75 years ago - Dec. 21, 1937

? Injuries received when he was struck by a hit and run driver proved fatal to Arthur L. Merritt, 57, Oconto resident and former owner of the two local theaters.

? A full military funeral was accorded Edward Greenwood, 25, who was fatally injured in an accident Sunday morning.

? The Oconto Blue Devil cagers, under the guidance of coach Paff, swamped Kewaunee by a 28-15 score in the Armory Friday night.

? Mrs. Orville Adams, Iron Mountain, the former Florence Beekman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antone Beekman of Oconto, died of injuries suffered in an accident south of Abrams.

100 years ago - Dec. 19, 1912

? Albert Rusch, sheriff-elect, has made the following appointments: Albert Hidde, undersheriff, local proprietor of the Schedler House; Charles Wach, Oconto Falls; and Jerome Clark, Gillett, and Joseph Skochpol, Lena, deputies.

? Misses Ora and Eleanore Lee entertained the Navajo club last Friday.

? The following pupils were successful in raising sugar beets and received their payments last week: John Robbins, Steven Meleski, Violet Corey, John Courchaine, Jule Dionne and Clarence Blahnik.

? Miss Esther Netzer is again able to be about, having recovered from an attack of diphtheria.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

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Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
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I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
855 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1013 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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