AIM Fishing Tournament Activites and Events – July 24-26

Don’t forget about the AIM Walleye Tournament that is in Oconto this weekend!  The boats launch at 7 a.m. each day after a morning ceremony.  Weigh-in is at 5:00 p.m. each day and tomorrow there will be a boat parade at 4:30 down Chicago and Main Streets, ending at the Breakwater.  After Friday’s weigh-in there will be a youth fishing clinic.  Saturday will be the final weigh-in to award the winners.  Come on out and enjoy this great event!

Mayor’s Message – 07.24.14

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

The City’s heartfelt Thanks and a huge Pat-on-the-Back goes out to John Wittkopf and his wife, Carol, for their unselfish contribution of purchasing a very expensive tractor to exclusively cut those areas of the Disc Golf Course that need more attention.  This gesture is so appreciated by everyone, as it will solve all problems, and really keep the course up to its premium level.  This is another one of those wonderful examples of a citizen doing whatever it takes to get to an ultimate goal that benefits everyone!  Carol and John are also setting up a Disc Golf League on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Until the snow flies!  One more excellent recreation idea in Oconto!  Thank You again, John and Carol, for taking the time and using your money to improve our beautiful City!

Work continues behind the Brazeau Avenue fence area – it has now been given the name “Breath of Fresh Air,” which certainly describes the feeling you get driving or walking by!  There have been numerous positive comments by many people who are really happy with the work of Jodi Bostedt and her co-worker at Cruisers, Mike Burkowski.  They have been assisted by Jerry and Tess Dolata, and recently, Ed Hochmuth stopped to lend a hand also.  I am so proud of all of you – this has been a very dangerous and tedious job, but you are determined to complete it, and bring back the beauty of the scenic river!

A necklace was found in a grassy area by XS Hair Studio on Brazeau Avenue, possible dropped during the fireworks display on July 4th.  It can be claimed by stopping in at XS Hair Studio, and providing a description to make sure we find the correct owner.

Speaking of the fireworks display, I hope everyone was happy with it this year!  For myself, it was definitely of the high quality that we had 2 and 3 years ago.  Last year was a disappointment, and I contacted the company to express my dismay.  Through negotiations, I believe we are back to “More Bang For Our Buck.”  What do you think?  What else would you like to see?

Our dredging project is nearly final completion.  The hydrographic survey (which determines the final width and depth) has been done and we are in the process of dealing with the survey’s results.  Everyone is anxious to move on, but we must make very sure that our goals are met.

Please remember to participate in Oconto’s SailFest on either July 29, 30 or 31 at Breakwater Park from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Everything is free!  Register for a day at 834-7717 or mayor@cityofoconto.com

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.”  –  Mother Teresa  (Thank You, Lori!)

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Oconto Sailfest!

There is still time to sign up for this fun event!!!
The City of Oconto is pleased to announce that on July 29, 30 and 31, Oconto youth and adults will have the chance to experience fast-track sailing instruction at no cost to the participant!  New sailors will be at the helm of their own boat in a very short time and gaining experiences as they sail from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day at the Oconto Harbor.
International Youth Sailing of Oshkos…h will bring their broad-scale, fast-start community sailing program to Oconto with the goal of getting everyone who’s ever wanted to experience sailing the chance to do so.  They will have various fleets for youth and adult sail boats in the water from sailors ages 7 years old to adult.  All boats, safety gear, supervision and instruction will be provided free of charge!
Free t-shirts will be provided to early registrants and early registration is preferred.  To register, call (920)834-7717 or email mayor@cityofoconto.com.
Come out and join the fun!

Mayor’s Message – 07.17.14

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

Our heartfelt Congratulations to Oconto’s 8U Little League Team who broke the 12-year dry spell of Oconto Little League Teams, and won the Championship in their category!  Please offer your prideful Thanks to Carter Koch, Drew Reinhart, Devin Bostwick, Jackson Martin, Will Mlnarik, Ethan Wusterbarth, Kyle Bowman, Alex Fuller, Bryton Fuller, Chase Schwaller, Levi Bierl, Connor Christiansen, and Coaches Jack Mlnarik, Jason Martin, Frank Bowman, for bringing Oconto back to another positive forefront!

We must also congratulate the sponsor Hitter’s Edge, whose team (comprised of players from Oconto, Oconto Falls and Crivitz) also won the Championship in their division – 11U.

And I really must take a few moments to Thank every single person, parent and child, who makes this Little League Tournament such an overwhelming success each and every year – now the 38th year!  Just imagine the teamwork and volunteer time involved before the tournament, during, and after – this year 68 teams participated, the most ever.  Another huge positive to this event, is that part of the proceeds usually go right back into improving Holtwood Complex.  Thank You to everyone who ever volunteered, for this excellent, positive exposure to Oconto for 38 years!

The World Walleye Association will be holding a tournament at Breakwater Park on Sunday, July 13th.  There will be a send-off program at 6:45 a.m. With the National Anthem sung by our Emily Rosenfeldt, a prayer offered by Pastor Craig of the Presbyterian Church, and the American Legion Post 74 Color Guard, if you wish to attend.  I am told by an organizer, that they may have free kids’ games/giveaways at 2:00 p.m., so please stop by just in case!  This is another tournament we ARE NOT paying to host; which is where I believe (and have been adamant) that our future with fishing tournaments must go!  I am very grateful for the growing support in this direction.

Our City was booming with activity this week-end, with the Little League Tournament on the west side of the City, the Youth Center fund-raiser in the center, and the Bass Federation fishing tournament on the east side!  Traffic was everywhere, and our businesses were a flurry of activity!  And on Sunday night was the “Lights for the Vets” ceremony sponsored by the Oconto Hospital Auxiliary and American Legion Post 74.  What a beautiful, honorable tribute to all veterans, to whom we owe so much gratitude!  Make sure to check out the Brazeau Avenue fence at night, and give Thanks to all our veterans.

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “It is and always has been an American seal to be first in anything we do and to win and to win and to win.”  — Vince Lombardi   (This is definitely how I feel, but the winning must be honorable and it must be right – not at any costs!)

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Mayor’s Message – 07.10.14

MAYOR’S   MESSAGE:

Hello   Everyone!

Oconto’s   lst Annual Nature Festival on Saturday was an overwhelming success!  An estimated 800 people attended and   thoroughly enjoyed the festival’s activities.    I was so impressed by the number of families, and people of every   age.  A huge Thank You to Cordula   Vandenheuvel and Marsha Present for organizing this huge, very well-planned   event!  Also all the helpers behind the   scenes, the vendors, the persons manning educational booths, the event   participants.  The enjoyable day just   flew by, and it was so great to see all the smiling faces!

One of the   educational booths was offered by Tom Erdman, Curator for the UWGB Richter   Museum of Natural History featuring Carl Richter and his bird/egg   collections.  Carl was from Oconto and   affectionately called “Oconto’s Birdman.”    One of the future endeavors I hope to see is a statue dedicated to   Carl and his work, as we are very proud he is from Oconto.  There are pamphlets covering information on   Carl Richter’s collections at UWGB (and how they got there) in the City Hall   lobby pamphlet racks.  Please stop in,   help yourself, and learn about another famous Ocontoan!  Hopefully, Tom Erdman will consent to a   presentation in the Fall, for those who were not able to speak to him at the   Nature Festival.

Please   remember that the Oconto County Chapter #45 of the Disabled American Veterans   will be offering their wonderful Forget-Me-Nots during the two week-ends of   July 11,12,13 and July 25,26,27, 2014 at Thompson’s County Market and Wagner   Shell in Oconto and also designated places in Stiles and Oconto Falls.  All funds collected will be used for   disabled veterans in the community.

I am so   impressed by our wonderful volunteers who want to help make Oconto even more   beautiful!  Everyone has been asking   who is working on cutting down the foliage behind the Brazeau Avenue   fence.  That would be my daughter, Jodi   Bostedt, and her co-worker at Cruisers, Mike Burkowski – please give them a   huge  pat-on-the-back Thank You when   you see them – for a job perfectly done!    Also, the amazing work on the roundabouts.  After being made aware of their previous   state when I was at the Nature Festival, I went back Sunday and worked 2   hours on the East one.  The next 3   days, a wonderful ANGEL (who wishes to remain anonymous) put her blood,   sweat, tears (and back) into BOTH    roundabouts and really turned them around!  I am also told she received help on the   West one from Nancy Pecor and LuAnn Rogers.    Please Thank them when you see them, and I will keep Thanking the   ANGEL!  This is a work in progress, and   we will continue the work!  It is my   hope that in the Fall, there will be a plan for perennials.

Have A   Great Day!  And remember, “Don’t find   fault.  Find a remedy.”  –    Henry Ford

Victoria   Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

FREE Family Event – Sunday, July 13, 2014

Coming up this Sunday, July 13 is the World Walleye Association Walleye tournament at Breakwater Park.  The boats will take off at 7:00 a.m. with the National Anthem being presented at 6:45.  Beginning at 2:00 p.m. there will be FREE activities for kids and families including a balloon toss, “tattoo” artist, 3 legged race and balloon creations.  Weigh-in begins at 3:10 p.m.  Come out and enjoy this great family event!!!

Oconto Sailing School!!!

The City of Oconto is pleased to announce that on July 29, 30 and 31, Oconto youth and adults will have the chance to experience fast-track sailing instruction at no cost to the participant!  New sailors will be at the helm of their own boat in a very short time and gaining experiences as they sail from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day at the Oconto Harbor.

International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh will bring their broad-scale, fast-start community sailing program to Oconto with the goal of getting everyone who’s ever wanted to experience sailing the chance to do so.  They will have various fleets for youth and adult sail boats in the water from sailors ages 7 years old to adult.  All boats, safety gear, supervision and instruction will be provided free of charge!

Free t-shirts will be provided to early registrants and early registration is preferred.  To register, call (920)834-7717 or email mayor@cityofoconto.com.

Come out and join the fun!

Mayor’s Message – 07.03.14

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

Our heartfelt Congratulations to the Oconto Boys Baseball Team for bringing home the Silver Ball Trophy at State!  Yes, they and all of Oconto wanted a repeat of last year’s first place.  It is always the most perfect feeling to win the top prize!  From the results of the past two years of Individual, Conference, Regional, Sectional, Silver Ball, and Gold Ball achievements, our Oconto teams are developing into consistent incredible winners, and once you experience becoming ultimate winners, that goal is always within reach.  Winning and being proud of yourself, your school, and your City is now on everyone’s minds and will propel us to further heights.  Thanks to all of our achievers, we are definitely on our way!  The future will continue to be an exciting time for Oconto, led by our children!

Also heartfelt Thanks to all of Oconto’s people (whether presently living here, or an alumni with Oconto forever in your heart) who wore their Oconto colors with pride, cheered their team on with applause and standing ovations.  I am so proud of the Ocontoans of every age who attended.  I loved seeing so many children there, who will now understand achieving representation at State.

And to our wonderful Oconto businesses who offered “Congratulations” and Good Luck at State” messages of every kind in their windows and on reader boards!  Such support and community spirit by everyone!  I am so proud of all of you!

There is now a copy of the Great Lakes Boating Magazine and our 4-page article on our beautiful City of Oconto available at the Farnsworth Library.  Also, I am told that Woodman’s in Green Bay has magazines for sale and Oconto Pharmacy here may still have copies that you can purchase.

At last month’s Regular Council meeting, it was approved that our city logo can be used by local businesses – however, a signed waiver is required.  For more information, please call City Hall, 834-7711.

Congratulations to brother and sister, Marc and Aleah Willame on winning titles at a recent Packerland Conference Track Meet!  That is a wonderful family achievement and we as a City are very proud of both of you!

And remember, “In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.”  –  Dalai Lama  (Thank You, Donna, my sister!)

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Mayor’s Message – 06.26.14

MAYOR’S   MESSAGE:

Hello   Everyone!

WE ARE   GOING BACK TO STATE FOR BOYS BASEBALL!    Words cannot express how VERY proud I am of these boys, and their   desire to repeat last year’s accomplishment!    “Relentless” and “Resilient” – two words that describe “The Oconto   Way” and describe this team!  I hope to   see a ton of our Oconto people at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton on   Wednesday, June 18th at 1:00 p.m. In support and pride of Oconto   and these amazing Oconto athletes!

And I must   also speak with pride about our Varsity Girls Softball team who played their   hearts out at the final Sectional Game that would have taken them to State   also!  Next year, Girls!

A huge   Thank You to everyone who helped to clean our City after the huge CopperFest   celebration last week-end.  Everywhere   I drove it was noticeable that there wasn’t very much litter, in spite of the   amount of party participants and items distributed in the parade.  And I was so proud and pleased how all the   rummage sale signs were displayed on sticks or wire placements.  They looked so neat and organized – a   fitting result to you, the citizens, understanding how we must approach the   future look of our City!  THANK YOU ALL   AGAIN!

Remember   that next week-end, June 20-22, we have 2 city events occurring.  Oconto’s 1st Nature Festival at Copper   Culture Park on June 21st from 11 a.m. To 6 p.m. With a “Raptor   Show,” “Oneida Dancers,” “Chainsaw Carver,” numerous informational booths and   vendors with wares for sale.  Recently   we were also fortunate enough to add Tom Erdman of UWGB who oversees the   “Carl Richter Collection” – Carl is our famous “Birdman of Oconto.”  The Cabela’s Fishing Tournament at   Breakwater Park June 20th and 21st (rain date June 22nd).  Also, the next week-end is the Bass   Federation Fishing Tournament at Breakwater Park on June 28th and   29th.  Please keep in mind   that on Saturday, June 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., there will be   free children’s activities available including “Balloon Art and Face-Painting   by the Merlines” at the Breakwater Park.

Thank You   to Janessa, an 11-year-old who lives on Fifth Street, for her concern about   the speeding on her street, and her request to me that I find a way to stop   it!  Please, everyone, keep this   child’s thoughts in your minds, as you are rushing to do your day-to-day   activities.  There have been concerns   on Pecor Street and Superior Avenue also recently.  We must listen to our children, and keep   all of them safe in every way!

Have A   Great Day!  And remember, “In our last   moments, we will ask ‘What have I accomplished?  Did I make a difference?’ Don’t wait till   then – ask now!”  (Thank You, Cordula,   for this wonderful gift – there are many Oconto people who are asking now,   and I really appreciate all of you!  I   believe there are even more of you out there!)