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Coenen named recipient of Silver Knight Award

The De Pere Rotary and Kiwanis clubs announced Tuesday, March 5, that Janice Coenen was selected as the recipient of the 2013 De Pere Community Night Silver Knight Award.

Coenen, a resident of De Pere for more than 25 years, was a longtime member of the West De Pere School Board and has been active with many service groups and endeavors in the community.

She will be honored at the Silver Knights Awards Banquet on Monday, April 22, at Swan Club in De Pere. WBAY-TV Channel 2 news anchor Bill Jartz will be the master of ceremonies.

The public is invited to attend the banquet. For more information about tickets, call Bridget at (920) 336-3171.

AEDs installed at Community First locations

Community First Credit Union recently purchased and installed 20 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at its branch offices in Northeastern Wisconsin.

The measure to provide enhanced lifesaving capabilities in cardiac emergencies came on the suggestion of Mark Evers, a maintenance specialist for the credit union who also is a volunteer firefighter/first responder with the Greenville Fire Department.

According to the credit union, about 30 Community First employees underwent first responder training that included AED deployment. Training isn't required to use an AED.

Appleton-based Community First has a branch office in De Pere at 1700 Lawrence Drive.

County unveils social media widget

Brown County recently launched a coordinated social media widget for Facebook and Twitter to enhance visitors' personal web experience with the county government.

Those interested in following Brown County news and events in real time can go to, where Facebook posts can be readily seen and a click on the Twitter icon will connect to Twitter.

Paul Gazdik, the county's emergency management coordinator and a member of the Brown County Social Media Committee, developed the widget. It was linked to the county's main web page with the assistance of applications support manager Laura Workman.

ComedyCity marathon set for March 15-16

ComedyCity will present the annual 26.2-Hour Comedy Marathon from Friday, March 15, to Saturday, March 16, at The Green Room Lounge, 353 Main Ave., De Pere.

The fundraiser will start at 7:30 p.m. March 15 and run until 11:30 p.m. March 16.

Proceeds from the event will benefit two local children's cancer charities: the De Pere-based Families of Children with Cancer Inc. and The Angel Fund for Children with Cancer Inc. of Green Bay.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens and military personnel for each of ComedyCity's four regularly scheduled weekend shows, which start at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. both days.

The remaining 20-plus hours, from 11:30 p.m. March 15 to 7:30 p.m. March 16, are free to the public.

A marathon pass that is good for admission to all shows can be purchased for $30.

Also during the marathon, The Angel Fund will host a raffle with all proceeds to be split between the two designated charities. More than 25 prize packages will be available. Raffle tickets are being sold at ComedyCity shows through the marathon.

Reservations for the marathon's evening shows are recommended. They can be made by phone at (920) 983-0966 or online at

Auditions next week for local production

Evergreen Productions of Green Bay will hold auditions for its production of "Auntie Mame" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 12, at The Lighthouse, 1010 Waube Lane, Ashwaubenon.

The cast includes 25 men, 12 women and three boys.

Performance dates will be May 3-5 and May 9-11 at St. Norbert College's Webb Theatre in De Pere.

For more information about the auditions, contact show director Jon Weiss by email at or go to the website

March 19 shows will focus on mental-health issues

The Chicago nonprofit theater company Erasing the Distance will present two performances of "I Am Your Neighbor" in the Green Bay area Tuesday, March 19.

"I Am Your Neighbor" is a play of monologues that features five actors' performing true stories of people who are dealing with various mental-health issues.

The first performance will start at 1:10 p.m. at Ashwaubenon High School, 1055 Griffiths Lane, Ashwaubenon.

The second show will start at 7 p.m. at Meyer Theatre, 117 S. Washington St., downtown Green Bay.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the door.

Great Bunny Train at railroad museum

Tickets are on sale for the Great Bunny Train, which will be rolling into National Railroad Museum in Ashwaubenon on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, with the Easter Bunny aboard.

Admission to the Great Bunny Train event includes a day of entertainment, crafts and games for children of all ages, as well as a chance to ride the train and meet the Easter Bunny.

An Easter egg hunt and other activities will be held both days. The entertainment stage will feature a variety of musicians and magicians. Concessions will be sold.

All of the museum's regular exhibits will be open during the weekend.

Tickets for the Great Bunny Train are $10 for adults and children ages 3 to 12 and $9 for museum members. Children 2 and younger are free.

Advance reservations aren't required. Tickets can be purchased the days of the event.

Proceeds from the event will support the museum's educational programs.

The museum is located at 2285 S. Broadway.

For more information, call (920) 437-7623.

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