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Five years ago - Jan. 9, 2008

? The community is cordially invited to attend the dedication ceremony celebrating the tremendous success that is the Oconto Youth Center. The Center, at Huron Avenue and Pecor Street in Oconto, has been transformed over the past couple of years thanks to hundreds of hours of volunteer time and generous donors. Please join us Thursday, January 17, between 4:30 and 6 p.m. as we officially dedicate the Oconto Youth Center. The Center will open at 4:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and speakers; including Rep. Steve Kagen, beginning at 5 p.m.

? OJ's Midtown Restaurant in Gillett has been selected as Discover Wisconsin Radio's Restaurant Pick of the Month for January 2008. The award is based on outstanding food, service and atmosphere. OJ's was featured on Discover Wisconsin Radio Monday, January 7, on 50 affiliate stations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Locally residents tuned in to WOCO at 5:50 p.m. to hear the show.

? On Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at 8:45 p.m. Tina and Tony Frye of Kelly Lake welcomed their daughter, Alexis Gerianne Frye, into the world as the first baby of 2008 to be born at Community Memorial Hospital's CMH Birthplace. Alexis was also welcomed by two brothers, Riley Cormier, 6 and Logan Frye, 2.

10 years ago - Jan. 8, 2003

? Czachor and Polack LLP, a law firm based in Green Bay, has recently opened an office in Oconto. The firm's Oconto branch opened in December and is at 1008 Pecor St. Jennifer Chamberlain, an attorney at Czachor and Polack, will be practicing in the Oconto office. Attorney Chamberlain's practice areas include divorce, paternity, child custody and support, bankruptcy and fair debt collection practices.

? In the 16-school Escanaba wrestling invitational last Saturday, Oconto Blue Devil Cody Steffenhagen captured first place with an unbeaten record at 119 pounds. Though the Blue Devil senior star had a couple close wins, he still managed to score impressive victories.Two other members of Coach Rory Cisar's Devils earned fifth place points: Alan LaViolette was fifth at 145 pounds and Lucas Donlevy fifth at 135. The Devils were the only team from Wisconsin in the meet, which featured some of the top teams in the U.P.

? Oconto wrestling team members are Zak Collins, Lukas Donlevy, Cody Steffenhagen, Drew Stamsta, A.J. Beier, Allen LaViolette, James Weber, Riley Hayes, Randy LaViolette, Jason Ellman, Josh DeHut, Chad Petersen, Jeremy Stumpf and Robbie Bishop. Jeremy Wusterbarth is assistant coach, Rory Cisar is coach and Tony Mossawski, assistant.

25 years ago - Jan. 6, 1988

? A private consulting firm hired by the state to evaluate prospective sites for a new prison has rated Oconto No. 6 among 11 locations. The first choice was Waupun, which also is favored by Gov. Tommy Thompson.

? With several landfill locations in Oconto County either already closed or on the verge of being closed, the county continues to pursue the controversial site in the Machickanee Forest in the town of Abrams. The Abrams location moved a bit closer to becoming a reality recently when the DNR determined a need for the facility and the granting of conditional feasibility.

? Norman Bickel said he was dumfounded when he looked out his window and saw some kind of white animal out there: It was Niles the Llama, his Christmas present from his wife, Shirley.

? There was a dandy turnout New Year's Eve at the Oconto Lanes for the Scotch Doubles bowling tournament. The winners were Jim and Path Hendrickson of Torrance, Calf. who fired a blistering 1,233 score. Patti is the former Patti Zahn, daughter of Ed and Marlene Zahn of County Line and were visiting for the holidays. Patti's brother, Gary, Oconto's JV basketball coach, also is one the top bowlers locally.

? The second annual Wisconsin State Cross Country ski championship and seventh annual Nicolet Nor Ski Cross Country ski race are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31, at the McCauslin, east of Lakewood on County Hwy 5.

50 years ago - Jan. 10, 1963

? The Oconto fire department was called to attend a fire at the Dr. James Younger residence in the town of Stiles Sunday afternoon.

? The first official call on Oconto's new dial telephone system was Saturday between Mayor Ernest Sucharda and Edward Wilde, president of the Chamber of Commerce.

75 years ago - Jan. 7, 1938

? E.H. Mullen, 53, former resident, died suddenly following an operation at Appleton.

? Henry J. Pettigrew was installed Wednesday evening to head Pine Lodge No. 188 F&AM.

? Mrs. William Arthur Holt, 67, wife of the prominent Oconto lumberman, passed away at her home at 11 o'clock Tuesday night following a three-day illness.

? Major Bourassa, 81, passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. Annie Denneau, of influenza.

? Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Meleski cerebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 2.

? Mr. and Mrs. William Courchaine are the parents of twins, a boy and a girl, born New Year's Day.

100 years ago - Jan. 9, 1913

? Mrs. Wesley Reed, 34, bride of two years, passed away at the home of Louis Reed, Bay Shore, of the infection of the brain.

? A.H. Clemons, science teacher in Oconto high school and Miss Myrtle Hunt were married at the home of her father in Madison on Jan. 1.

? Attorney E.C. Smith and Miss Lillian Empey were united in marriage Dec. 31, 1912. They will reside in Gillett.

? The Brookside Grange installed J.D. Moody as master.

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