Our beautiful City of Oconto continues its fantastic whirlwind of progress! Not only is “Quik-Trip” nearing the steps of completion, there are other wonderful new business beginnings. “Benjamin’s Family Dining” will be opening in the former “Café 303” on Brazeau Avenue. The “Oconto Golf Club” is now under new ownership. The “Pioneer Bar” on Collins Avenue has been purchased – its new name is “Mookie’s Pub.” The final papers have been signed for “O’Reilly’s Auto Parts” (across from the Cook Avenue side of McDonald’s) in the Kelly Pickle Property. Utilities and a road are in the process at the Kelly Pickle site. I am told that “The Ruins Adventure Golf” (also Kelly Pickle Property) plans to construct yet this year to immediately open in the Spring of 2015. “R.L. Hall Land & Title Company” has purchased the former “Associated Bank” building on Highway 22. “Soulage Massage Therapy & Energetic Bodywork” will be opening in the former “LeRoy’s Cleaners” building on Main Street (across from NEWCAP). “Salon Mystique” has moved to Main Street in the former “Mane Street Hair” building. “J.L. Spaulding, LLC” which houses “Take The Reins Ranch” and “J.H.Rose Logistics” is now in the former Oconto Travel building. We welcome all these new ventures as very positive additions to our already successful business districts on Brazeau Avenue and downtown Main Street, and are very happy you have chosen to be part of or staying in Oconto.
Oconto events coming up soon are: Oconto Fire & Rescue’s “Back to School Bicycle Rodeo” at the Oconto Fire Station on September 9th from 5:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. “Sportsman’s Club Youth Day” on September 13th from 11:00 a.m. To 5 p.m. At their facility. Also on September 13th, the “6th Annual EAA Warbirds Fly-In” at the Oconto-J. Douglas Bake Municipal Airport from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m.
On August 1st I received a call that a tubing event (of over 120 tubes) celebrating a marriage was going to be held the next day, and the City may want to take pictures for future use. This was a wonderful idea to promote our river. As I could not find a photographer, and said I would make sure pictures were taken, I took it upon myself to be the photographer. The time decided upon that the tubes would be at the Brazeau Avenue bridge was 12:30 p.m., the spot I planned to take pictures. Around noon, I decided I better go, so I would be ready for them. As I was driving down McDonald Street by the railroad bridge, I could hear music and voices, already past the railroad bridge. I immediately pulled over, jumped out of the car, and headed toward the direction of the music and voices, just wanting to get the pictures taken, as I said I would. In haste, I found myself on the bridge as I could not get a quick shot from the sidewalk or the shore without crossing private property (no time to get permission). The train whistles then blew, I froze for a second, then jumped down on the abutment, so the train wouldn’t hit me. I was wrong to be there. I apologize to everyone that I did this.
We must always try to “Have A Great Day!” And remember, “Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best.” – John Wooden
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto