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12:50 PM, Feb. 5, 2013  |  Comments
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5 YEARS AGO - Feb. 6, 2008

Mike Gromoski and Greg Haneen were the winners of the Archery Cricket Tournament at Willow Bay Sporting Goods on Saturday, Feb. 26. Second place - Bart Eyler and Frank Calvert. Third place - Josh Uphill and Mark Lock.

Already this winter, Oconto County highway crews and Oconto City Street Dept. workers have accumulated more overtime hours and used more snow removal equipment than they did all of last winter. Other town and city crews are in similar situations. The snowfall totals so far, have topped the entire winter of 2006-2007 and more of the white stuff remains in the forecast.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Oconto High School Competition Cheerleaders took second place at the Regional Cheerleading Competition at Oshkosh North High School. Taking second place qualified the team to participate in the State Cheerleading Competition on Feb. 9 at the Brown County Arena in Green Bay.

10 YEARS AGO - Feb. 5, 2003

The 2002 Green Thumb award winners honored at the Oconto Garden Club Banquet on Jan. 28 were Jerry and JoAnn Borman, Betty LeTendre, Gordon and Yvonne Schmid and Trish and Grant Shazer.

Richard Viestenz, Oconto's valuable waste water treatment operator and a city employee nearly 34 years, is retiring. Last Wednesday, retiring Mayor Joe Bralick presented him with a plaque for his distinguished service to the community.

At 6:14 a.m. on Monday, Oconto Electric Cooperative experienced a system-wide outage which affected approximately 8,000 customers. The areas affected included Abrams, Little Suamico, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Pound, Coleman, Gillett and Krakow. The outage was due to an ice buildup on a transmission line owned by Oconto Electric.

The Oconto Kiwanis Club this year is observing its 80th birthday as a community service organization. It was in 1923 when the club was organized with 52 charter members under the sponsorship of the Marinette Kiwanis Club. The official charter presentation wasn't held until November of that year. The club's first officers were Ray Schneider, a hardware store owner who was president and Col. W.B. Hall, a surveyor, who was vice president. Though the club today has just 20 members, its attendance for its weekly meetings each Wednesday noon is more than 75 percent. Its officers for this year are President Kevin Hamann, Vice President Rob Charapata, Secretary Don LaFortune and Treasurer Don Nerenhausen. The club annually donates over $6,000 to community projects, including $2,000 to the Oconto High School scholarship fund.

25 YEARS AGO - Feb. 3, 1988

LeRoy Cisar announced his retirement from the Board of Directors of the American Bank of Wisconsin at the Jan. 20 meeting. He served as a director since January 1976 when the bank was known as the First National Bank of Oconto.

Greg Anderson has been promoted to vice president-human resources at Cruisers Inc., Oconto. He began his career with Cruisers in 1986.

The DNR is proposing to construct a canoe and small boat access on the Oconto River. The project is located on North River Rd., Town of Oconto. The access will have a launch ramp, parking for 10 to 20 cars and an entrance road.

Marvin Zorn, retiring NEWCAP, Inc. Board member, received an award plaque for his seven years of outstanding service from NEWCAP, Inc. Board president, William Vollmer.

Promotions were given to Ken Becker, Ken Huberty, Keith Shallow and Jean Grosse on Jan. 26 at the annual stockholders meeting for Farmers State Bank, Coleman/Pound.

Huffy Corp. of Dayton, Ohio announced last Tuesday the acquisition of Memline, Inc. of Suring, a manufacturer of wood juvenile products with approximately $20 million in annual sales.

Oconto basketball girls lost a close one to Oconto Falls Friday night, 41-39. The loss dropped Oconto's overall record to 12-4 and its Packerland Conference mark to 7-4.

50 YEARS AGO - Feb. 7, 1963

The mercury hit 37 degrees at noon on Wednesday, breaking a 27-day below freezing record.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LeMay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at their home Friday.

Victor ES. Bast, principal of the Jefferson school at Oconto Falls, has completed work on, his Master's Degree in elementary education and administration.

75 YEARS AGO

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100 YEARS AGO - Feb. 6, 1913

Miss Elsie Burke entertained the Navajo club at her home Monday evening. Five hundred was enjoyed. Miss Sadie Ingram received the first prize and Miss Eleanor Lee the consolation trophy.

Little Adelle Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Harris, is recovering from an attack of pneumonia.

Twin girls were born to Mr. and Mrs. John Mathison of Lena last Thursday evening. Mother and babies are doing nicely.

Dan Natzke has sold his business in Lena to John Kinziger. Mr. and Mrs. Natzke left Wednesday for DePere to spend a few months.

Miss Mayme Cezek and Thomas LeMay were united marriage at St. Joseph's church Tuesday morning at eight o'clock.

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