Fall Water Main Flushing

FALL WATER MAIN FLUSHING
CITY OF OCONTO

The Oconto Utility Commission will be flushing water mains in all areas south of the Oconto River on Monday, September 14th, 2015.

In all areas north of the Oconto River, West of and including Superior Avenue on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15th & September 16th, 2015.

And in all areas north of the Oconto River, East of Superior Avenue, on Thursday and Friday September 17th & 18th, 2015.

Due to certain water main connections, other areas could be affected. Please check your water for discoloration before using laundry.

Oconto Utility Commission
Jeremy Wusterbarth
Superintendent of Public Works & Utilities

Aageson Pool End of Season Hours

Aageson Pool End of Season Hours

To wrap up the season, the schedule for Aageson Pool will be as follows:

Monday, August 31 – open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1 through Friday September 4 – closed

Saturday, September 5 – open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 6 – open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, September 7 – open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The pool will close for the season on September 7. Thank you for your support and patronage this year and see you next summer!

Garbage Pick Up – Week of Labor Day

GARBAGE PICK-UP

CITY OF OCONTO

 In observance of Labor Day there will be no garbage pick-up on Monday Sept. 7th .

All residents that would normally get picked up on Monday Sept. 7th will get picked up on Wednesday Sept. 9th.

Pick-up for residents on Tuesday Sept. 8th will remain the same

Jeremy Wusterbarth

Superintendent of Public Works & Utilities

Mayor’s Message – 08.20.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

I am still smiling from the excellent evening spent at National Night Out! The weather was perfect, and our community participated in droves! Children running or riding around with unique painted faces by Sharie Merline, balloon hats by Jay Merline, or flashing head, arm, neck bands given by Bellin Health. Every taste bud was satisfied – burgers, brats, hot dogs and refreshments served by the Machickanee Players, ice cream floats made by Blazin’ Boosters, homemade cookies, bars, and breads for a fund-raiser by Kari Moody. And all the delicious candy and freezy pops given out! Thanks to the Oconto Street Department, Oconto Parks Department, and Oconto Fire Department, and Oconto Police Department for allowing the children to enter vehicles for that once-in-a-lifetime experience! Thank You, Sgt. Randy VanHulle for organizing the event. Thank You to all the groups involved whether it was handing out “Hugs, Not Drugs” stickers by the Oconto Elks Club or wonderful bracelet items of “Faith” or “Believe” or “Stop Bullying” (items that I definitely purchased) by the First American Lutheran Church. I believe this was the largest turn-out for National Night Out – and a better, warmer community feeling is hard to beat! Thank You, everyone involved!

Unless you think back to our fabulous 2 days spent with SAGBRAW! Almost 400 more people made Oconto their home for a day and a night, and from all the positive feedback to me, they loved being here! There are so many people to acknowledge in THANKS that I have done an entire separate article in our newspaper!

THANK YOU to OraLee and Dennis Martin for their thorough clean-up of the playground equipment at the City Park. This was quite a task – considering the tubes that the children slide through.

I am sure you have noticed that we now have 3 Farmers Markets on Brazeau Avenue – isn’t that great! Sonny’s Produce has been keeping us healthy, with his fresh vegetables, for years. And now we have the French Town Market at the former St. Peter’s Church parking lot, and Lynette’s Produce at the Shake-A-Burger parking lot. I am envisioning that eventually the whole of Brazeau Avenue is transformed into a Farmers Market on a certain day, just as other cities do – Broadway Street in Green Bay, for example!

Check out the brand new Holtwood Campground brochure that has been coordinated and printed by Bay Impressions (Thank You, Laurel!) Very impressive and visual. Copies are available at City Hall on the pamphlet rack or visit the Campground. Great Job, John Bostedt, Park and Recreation Director!

Aageson Pool has been the scene of many birthday pool parties this summer. Not only are there 9 from Oconto, but also 2 from Abrams, 1 from Pound, 1 from Little Suamico, and 1 from White Potato Lake – 14 TOTAL! Please remember to call ahead if you have a season pass, and only want to swim the last hour or so of the day – it may be that a pool party is scheduled for that night!

CITY EVENTS COMING UP: Sunday, August 16th – Sheboygan Walleye Club Tournament at Breakwater Park. Friday and Saturday, August 21st and 22nd – AIM Fishing Tournament at Breakwater Park. Saturday, August 22nd – Oconto Summer Jam on Huron Avenue.

Have A Great Day! And remember, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” — Pericles

Youth Football Signup

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Oconto Youth Football sign-up will be Tuesday, August 18th & Thursday, August 20th at the blue sheds behind Oconto High School by the back softball field. Sign-up will be from 5-7 p.m. both days.

There is sign-up for flag football which is 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade. Tackle football will be for 4th, 5th, & 6th grade. For the tackle football players will be separated this year by grade 4th, 5th, & 6th provided enough players in each grade sign-up.

Cost this year will be $20.00 for Flag Football and $35.00 for Tackle Football.

Hope to see you at sign-up.
Oconto Youth Football

Mayor’s Message – 08.11.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

Many, many Thanks to Aageson Pool’s fund-raising group “The Splash Club” for all the wonderful items that have already been added to the facility! The club has purchased umbrellas for the lifeguard stands, 3 table and chair sets, and a sound system for music. They have also faithfully kept the concession stand filled to capacity with wonderful treats!   Thank You to Girl Scout Troop #4408 for donating the cute popcorn machine, which really adds to the fun atmosphere! An extra THANKS to Chris Beekman, one of our lifeguards and Darrell Anderson, Councilman, for installing the sound system! A tent for shade, provided by the Park and Recreation Department, was picked up by John Bostedt, Sr. And put up by John and his wife, Cyn – Thank You, John and Cyn! Thank You, members and Director of the Park and Recreation Department for all of your hard work maintaining this beloved pool!

I encourage everyone to stop at Aageson Pool and check it out, for a really great, uplifting feeling! Not only the swimmers diving and splashing around, (even little ones in water wings) with such huge smiles on their faces, adults relaxing in the lounge chairs – but also the warm, inviting aura of the revitalized, newly-decorated building! All the proper instructional signs to assist everyone, the mouthwatering concession stand, music filling the air – so perfect!

Please remember that the season passes are now HALF the price – a great time to take advantage of this bargain for the rest of the summer! Stop in at City Hall by 4:00 p.m., if you wish to purchase the passes.

A huge “Welcome to Oconto” and “Thank You for Joining Us” to the businesses – “Nozzle Clean, LLC” (welding & industrial products) – “Lukas Plastering & Renovations” (plastering plus renovations) – “North Shore Bait Company (our new bait shop!). All three of these are located in one building on Pecor Street. “Klassy Kids Resale, LLC” (quality kids clothing, toys, and baby items) located on Brazeau Avenue. WELCOME! J

Our own Becky Berth, who will be a Junior at Oconto High School, is playing in a softball tournament in Tennessee with a team from Minnesota this week – what a world-traveling experience! Thank You, Becky, for bringing this wonderful exposure to Oconto!

Anyone driving through the Holtwood Complex and Campground area surely has noticed the progress of the unique outdoor theatre. For those who do not know, this was an Eagle Scout project done by Michael Schmidt. We are so grateful to Michael, and everyone who assisted him, that we now have this outdoor movie capability. Thank You, Michael and helpers! The hope is to have at least one movie this summer, now that the electrical work on it is complete. Stay tuned!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” — Albert Einstein (Thank You to Micah Strunk from Eau Claire who visited my office with his grandfather, Jerry Finn, and smiled, then thought of this quote, when he saw the disheveled state that my desk was in!)

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Mayor’s Message – 08.11.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

The SAGBRAW bicycling event is drawing near! On Saturday, August 1st , tour busses will be pulling into the Oconto Elementary School parking lot, and the bicyclists will begin their Oconto experience! The Oconto Class of 2018 Parents will be assisting in setting up tents, as they will be staying overnight. Once registered, they will be boarding Commission on Aging busses (and yes, we will be paying for gas and offering a donation for usage) to be taken to the restaurant/bar/supper club of their choice in Oconto. A huge THANK YOU to Russ Dreshek, Mike Hoppe, and Ken Pillsbury for helping out by driving these busses for 6 hours! I am so grateful! Once the bicyclists have eaten, they will be transported to their Rules Meeting at Crivello’s Banquet Hall, and back to the Elementary School. On Sunday morning they will be served breakfast by the Section 7 group, and coffee/sweet rolls/snacks by the First American Youth Group. Luggage will be carried by the Boy Scouts Troop 1084. And thus will conclude their wonderful visit in Oconto! Let us do everything in our power to give them a huge OCONTO WELCOME!

Thank You and a pat-on-the-back to the Oconto Sportsmen’s Club members who diligently removed accumulated debris from the south river bank!

The Tourism Committee is looking for a brainstorming effort, by our Oconto citizens, to bring more new ideas and involvement, regarding possible events, which could be innovated here in our beautiful City. Please get in touch with Chairman Carol Newbury, or attend the next Tourism Meeting on August 31st at 5:15 p.m. In the Council Chambers.

You probably noticed at this year’s CopperFest, that there were even more vendors – over 50 actually – than in previous years, thus another street was closed to accommodate them! A huge THANK YOU to Chrissy Trepanier for organizing the additional vendors, and to Tourism Chairman Carol Newbury for bringing Chrissy in contact with the CopperFest Committee. Another excellent joint effort!

A new idea called “Oconto Coupons” is in the works, to be passed out at our Oconto events. 4 sheets of bargains from our local businesses comprise the “Oconto Coupons.” Around 70 sets were distributed by myself at the SailFest event in June. People attending the Nature Festival on June 27th picked up almot 100 sets. We design and print the coupons here, no cost to the business – FREE advertising it is! Any business that I have not contacted yet – please get in touch with me at 834-7717 or e:mail me at mayor@cityofoconto.com if you wish to be added at this time! I will also be getting in touch with all of you in person eventually!

I had the absolutely breathtaking opportunity to kayak our Oconto River last week, and again, be in total awe of our local natural resources! Please remember that you also can rent a kayak at Holtwood Campground for only $10 for 4 hours (what a bargain!) There are also tubes, canoes, pedal racers, and now, paddleboards!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Kahlil Gibran (Thank You, Cordula!)

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

National Night Out Thank You and Photos!

The Oconto Police Department would like to thank everyone who attended National Night Out at City Hall on August 4th. Also, thank you to the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce and the Leon H and Clymene M Bond Foundation, Inc for their generous donations to the event and to the Oconto Fire Department, Public Works Department, Park & Recreation Department, City of Oconto Crossing Guards, Oconto County Sherriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol for participating in the program and helping to make it a success. See you next year!

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Mayor’s Message – 07.30.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

In our midst, we are honored to relay, that one of our Ocontoan’s (who was actually born here at 317 Madison Street,) Marceil Schumacher, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 23rd! If you wish to send her a card, her address is: 101 First Street, #405, Oconto, WI 54153     HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, MARCEIL!

AMVETS Post 63 will be having a hamburger, bratwurst, and hot dog stand at Thompson’s County Market Coke Shack on Friday and Saturday July 24-25, 2015. The proceeds from this sale will be used for donations to the VA Hospitals and also their Post 63 scholarship.

A HUGE Thank You to Connie Bickel and Bruce Retzlaff who have been tackling the East Roundabout, and really making progress! This help is really appreciated!

The “First Impressions” Program idea (a program for community assessment and improvement) was brought to the Tourism Committee a few months ago. The committee was in total support of this exchange of ideas, and gave committee member Dale Mohr the go-ahead to contact Algoma. A group consisting of Tourism members Dale Mohr, Doug Thompson, and Chairman Carol Newbury along with Rick LeBreck, Pete Stark, Becky Dolata, and youth members, Shyanne Lessor and Becky Berth, and myself will be visiting Algoma on July 23rd to assess their community. The members of the Algoma group were in Oconto on July 14th. This is a perfect opportunity to communicate to us where we can get even better; and we will be providing the same service to Algoma. Communities helping each other out – a wonderful idea!

Thank You to the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the rental on the 2 optical viewers, placed on the handicapped fishing pier at the Causeway of Breakwater Park, and also on the viewing platform at the Oconto Marsh. This is the second year that the Chamber has paid for these viewers, and we are all very grateful for the enjoyment they provide!

There is still a chance to participate in the FREE Sailing Lessons at Breakwater Park from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. On July 24,25, August 1,7,8,14,15. Please call Steve Eliason at 920/216-7353 or go to the website bestdaysailing@gmail.com to register.

Thank You to Ellis Mercier, who recently provided a copy of the Great Lakes Angler magazine to me, and pointed out that Oconto was given the super compliment, “It’s a world-class walleye fishery” by veteran walleye pro Mark Martin! (Also Thank You to Mark Martin!) I am very grateful to Ellis, a long-time member of the Harbor Commission, who faithfully encourages me to make contact with the fishing magazines, and is the reason that we now have the wonderful tie with Great Lakes Boating Magazine! You will remember Oconto received the 4-page article with pictures last June, got a fabulous deal on a $4,000-a-page ad (taxpayers ended up paying only $630) that is still in each issue, and in the recent May/June issue, a wonderful article and picture on our SailFest. Thank You again, Ellis, and Thank You, Great Lakes Boating Magazine!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” — Anatole France (Thank You sister, Donna!)

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

August Events in Oconto!

July 31st and August 1st:  “MDA Fill the Boot” sponsored by the Oconto Fire Department – Friday, July 31st from 3 to 7 p.m. – Saturday, August 1st from 8 a.m. To 3 p.m.

August 1st and 2nd:   SAGBRAW Biking Tour will be staying overnight in Oconto at the Elementary School.  The majority will be arriving in Oconto around 2 or 3 p.m. Saturday, August 1st.  After registering at the school, they will be boarding Commission on Aging busses and taken around the City – “A Taste of Oconto” (our restaurants, bars, supper club).  They will be taken back to Crivello’s for a Rules Meeting at 7:15 p.m.  Following the meeting they will be transported back to the elementary school up to 10:00 p.m.

August 4th:  National Night Out at Oconto City Hall from 6 to 9 p.m.

August 8th:  Kiwanis 5K – 1/2 Marathon Race (N.E.W. Road Race Championships) – 7:00 a.m. To 1:30 p.m.  Race starts at Copper Culture Park – 1/2 Marathoners go to the end of the Causeway and back – 5K’s around Brazeau Avenue and back.

August 16th:  Sheboygan Walleye Club/Sportsmen’s Club Fishing Tournament at Breakwater Park.

August 21st and 22nd:  AIM Fishing Tournament at Breakwater Park.

August 22nd:  Oconto Music Festival on Huron Avenue – 2 to 10 p.m.