Please note – due to the Good Friday holiday, recycling pick-up normally scheduled for this Friday will take place on Thursday, April 2. Thank you!
I apologize that there was not a Mayor’s Message for you last week! I realize many, many people from Oconto (and Oconto County) look forward to the Mayor’s Message – and I really appreciate that you read it, as I began the idea to tie us all together! Unfortunately, I am battling a respiratory/sinus/virus situation since last week. I am healing myself with vitamins, chiropractic adjustments, and rest. Ultimately, the body will recover, if that is what is meant to be for me. Those who may be worried – please do not! I still believe in the path that must be taken for this City, and will keep working toward it.
I also was not able to participate in our wonderful WinterFest event this year! At this time, I really want to THANK all the volunteers, sponsors, prize donators, and attendees for making sure it was a day to enjoy and be proud of as a City! About 60 people attended! Also, THANKS to all the volunteers to made the Candlelight Walk a “night to remember” the week-end before. More than 100 people attended! These are the moments that make Oconto so great!
As the ice-fishing shacks are required by law to be removed by March 14th, please remember that the ice-fishing access will be closed for the season following this – the first part of the week. This access will be an even bigger asset to the City, as the winter seasons go on; and I am sure everyone who used it really enjoyed the quick route to the Bay!
We are totally enjoying the beautiful spring weather! Please remember that this is still March, and there is always a surprise snow storm or two to handle yet – and then it will be smooth sailing into the long-awaited spring/summer! It is so wonderful to more people doing outside activities again.
Speaking of that, could I ask all of you to PLEASE check around your properties – whether you own or rent – and pick up that previously-hidden winter garbage! If we all pull together, we will have our sparkling clean City back in no time!
There has been so much unfortunate controversy surrounding the Trailbusters Truck Pulls normally held on CopperFest week-end. I called one of the organizers, and he assured me that the dates were mixed up concerning obtaining the Eliminator, and that it did not have to do with a parking issue. I believe what he is telling me.
Have A Great Day! And remember, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
Here is a very informative report on the economic impact of sport fishing in America. Oconto has premier facilities for fishermen and women of all ages!
SPRING LOOSE LEAF
City of Oconto
The city of Oconto Department of Public Works will begin its fall curbside collection of leaves and garden waste on Monday, March 30th, 2015. Collection will continue to Friday, April 24th, 2015. This material should be placed at the curb in separate piles. Leaves should be in a row no more than 4 feet wide and approximately 3 feet high. Leaves should be placed in open areas and not around obstacles such as street signs or trees or will not be picked up. Bagged material or mixed material will not be picked up.
Do not put leaves into the street. Place the leaves between the curb and the sidewalk and as close to the curb as possible. Leaves placed on the street will not be picked-up unless placed back in the area defined for proper pick-up. Brush cannot be mixed in with leaf piles.
Residents may also bring their loose leaves and garden waste to the City’s yard waste site, which is located at 1616 Main St.
It is not possible to accurately tell residents the exact day their leaves and garden wastes will be picked up.
If you have any questions, call 834-7725 between 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Superintendent of Public Works & Utilities
How very proud Oconto is that Elton Kelsey and Aiden Wusterbarth are representing us at the State Wrestling Tournament in Madison! And they have both been there before – this is Elton’s third appearance, and Aiden’s second appearance, and know what to expect, which is very beneficial to them.
And, how very proud Oconto is that the Life Smarts Team is AGAIN going to State! You will remember that this group of kids has an enviable record of returning over and over to State, winning there and also competing at the Nationals, which is absolutely astonishing!
Anyone interested in helping out with the Grand Reopening of Aageson Pool on Sunday, June 7th, please plan to attend an organizational meeting on Wednesday, March 11th at 6:00 p.m. In the Council Chambers. This was discussed and set up at last night’s Park and Recreation Meeting. It is the committee’s hope, that those citizens who attend this meeting will also be interested in volunteering as a painting crew in the spring, and whatever else is needed in assistance once the pool is open! Please plan to attend and become involved – we are finally reaching the goal that everyone worked so hard to accomplish! And please make sure to put June 7th aside for the Grand Reopening with “FREE SWIMMING” from 12:00 p.m. To 5 p.m. And a 1:00 Ceremony (more plans and info to follow.)
The planning for Oconto SailFest at Breakwater Park on Saturday, June 20th is in high gear! The intent of SailFest is to celebrate our community and families in relationship to our prevalent water resources, which we are very grateful for! FREE sailing lessons will be given from 1 to 6 p.m. By International Youth Sailing, Ltd., (who will also be offering further sailing lessons in July and August for a nominal fee to continue the learning experience – more info on that to follow.) We also have “Balloon Art” and “Face-Painting” for the children, the Oconto Fire Department Safety Trailer, Venna Dreshek’s Root Beer and Popcorn, and are working on music outside, a Venetian Parade, and hopefully, a book sale.
Any non-profit or church group who is interested in serving food (either in the pavilion or in a booth on the grounds), desserts, or activities for children, please call me at 920-834/7717 or e:mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am really looking forward to a very high participation from everyone, to insure that this is a fun event for our community!
March is here – one more BIG month of winter – and the wonders of spring will be greeting us! We will make it through March, as we are resilient, relentless, and courageous – words that describe “The Oconto Way.”
Have A Great Day! And remember, “Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood. But everyone has to give.” – Barbara Bush
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
The planning for Oconto SailFest at Breakwater Park on Saturday, June 20th is in high gear! The intent of SailFest is to celebrate our community and families in relationship to our prevalent water resources, which we are very grateful for! FREE sailing lessons will be given from 1 to 6 p.m. by International Youth Sailing, Ltd. This group will also be offering further sailing lessons in July and August for a nominal fee to continue the learning experience – more info on that will follow. We will also have “Balloon Art” and “Face-Painting” for the children, the Oconto Fire Department Safety trailer, Venna Dreshek’s Root Beer and Popcorn and we are working on having music outside, a Venetian Parade and, hopefully, a book sale.
Any non-profit or church group who is interested in serving food (either in the pavillion or in a booth on the grounds), desserts, or hosting activities for children, please contact the Mayor at 920-834-7717 or email her at email@example.com. Thank you!
Anyone interested in helping out with the Grand Reopening of Aagson Pool on Sunday, June 7, please plan to attend an organizational meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. It is the hope of the Park & Rec Committee that those citizens who attend this meeting will also be interested in volunteering as a painting crew in the spring and whatever else is needed to assist once the pool is open! Please plan to attend and become involved. We are finally reaching the goal that everyone worked so hard to accomplish!
Also, please make sure to put June 7th aside for the Grand Reopening with FREE SWIMMING from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and a 1:00 p.m. ceremony.
The City has been informed that due to a conflict with the dates, there will be no truck pulls held during Copperfest this year. We hope that everyone will continue enjoy the other Copperfest activities that are held on that day!
We sincerely apologize that our 5th Annual WinterFest had to be postponed because of the extreme weather conditions! I do understand that people ski, skate, snowshoe, snowmobile, etc. In winter weather, but to ask volunteers to stand outside to oversee the events for 3 hours straight is just too much to expect! The rescheduled date is Saturday, March 7th at the Oconto Legion Golf Course with the same schedule: 11:00 a.m. To 2 p.m. – FREE Outdoor and Indoor Events plus Oconto Girl Scouts Northwoods Chili Cook-Off (all-you-can-eat including bowl for a small charge) – 2 p.m. Will be the FREE raffle! And please, don’t hesitate to enter your favorite chili recipe into the Northwoods Chili Cook-Off!
The Candlelight Walk is coming up fast! February 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. At Copper Culture State Park! An enchanting evening under the stars!
Oconto’s CopperFest is celebrating its 33rd year this summer, and everyone is so grateful to those who diligently maintain its existence! The planning and executing of this 3-day event is mind-boggling; but the dedicated CopperFest Committee is focused on your enjoyment of this perpetual City celebration! Thank You, CopperFest Committee!
I have been asked by one of the Topps member to mention about their missing scale again. It has not resurfaced, and she is very perplexed that this scale would be removed from a locked, secured area!
The wonderful containers to dispose of our used American flags, located at Oconto City Hall and Thompsons County Market, are sponsored by American Legion Post 74, Amvets Post 63, and VFW Post 3071.
The Forestry Committee has been working on an EAB Plan for the City of Oconto, as the Emerald Ash Bore is as close as Brown County, (and a communication was received recently that it is in the City of Appleton.) When the plan is completed and passed, it will be presented to our citizens, that we can all be on the lookout for this possible devastation to our Ash trees. As a city, we must be proactive concerning any possible problems; and that is the reason firewood is no longer allowed at Holtwood Campground. I urge citizens who burn firewood in their fire pits at home to PLEASE be very sure where the firewood came from.
The Great Lakes Boating Ad that I mentioned to you a few weeks ago was completed and sent out on Tuesday. What a successful, combined effort – Thanks to Cruisers Yachts, Hi-Seas Marina, Oconto Yacht Club, and Sohr’s Harbor Shores! I am so proud that we all collaborated to achieve a goal that required a very quick response (2 weeks!) That is who we are in Oconto!
Have A Great Day! And remember, “When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone. In its place is something that you have left behind. Let it be something good.”
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
The “Dog Sweater Contest” judging will be at 1:00 p.m. Make sure to dress up your pet and bring him/her to this unique event for a prize.
Through the wonderful generosity of our citizens, businesses, and industries, we already have a diverse array of prizes for the free raffle from NEW Credit Union, Subway, Wagner Shell Food Mart, The Garage, Bellin Health/Bond Community Center, KwikTrip, Matravers Hardware, Thompson’s County Market, Shiloh Lounge, Shaun McKeefry, The Brothers 3, Boo’s Bar, XS Hair Studio Salon & Spa, Wise Guy’s Riverside Bar, Crivello’s on Main, Rosemary Rice, Cain Accounting, LLC, Patsy Bake/Avon Rep., Image Apparel, Bay Impressions Office Supply & Printing, Bay Shore Books, LLC.
Join us on March 7th – you are pretty much guaranteed to win something – if not in the events, than in the huge, free raffle! See you then!