Thanks to Oconto County Economic Development and Tourism, this ad will appear in the next edition of Badger Sportsman magazine! Check out the images of our Harbor and some happy fishermen from one of last year’s tournaments.
I would like to THANK all of the wonderful people from other areas (near and far) who have spoken to me, and offered encouragement to further the mission of our beautiful city of Oconto. This has also been true with some of our opponents in sports matches who have commented positively on my cheering efforts for the children. I wish to get in contact with the woman from Laona/Wabeno who spoke to me at the Girls Basketball Regional Game, and I know she reads this column. I would appreciate it if you would write to me at 1210 Main Street, Oconto, WI 54153 or call me at 920/373-1768.
Copies of the Great Lakes Boating Magazine with our Oconto ad in it are at the following places so far (that you can check out the marked page): Bay Impressions, Oconto County Economic Development, Dr. Meier’s office, Dr. Karban’s office, Farnsworth Library, Bellin Health/Oconto Hospital. I plan to stop at our other businesses with reception areas – so if you see me coming…….
One boat launch has been put into the water at Breakwater Park. The other launches will not be put in until the docks are in place. Please be patient. We know that everyone is excited to get out fishing – and that is a very good thing!
Speaking of launching boats – this is the time to come in and buy your season launching pass, as it is $35 across the board until May 15th. After May 15th, it will be $40 for nonresidents and still $35 for residents.
The “Friends of Aageson Pool” group who has formed to plan the Grand Reopening have added a Rain Date – which is an excellent idea! Please put Saturday, June 6th on your calendars as the Grand Reopening Celebration with a ceremony at 1:00 p.m., with the Rain Date of Sunday, June 7th. There will be free swimming from Noon to 5 p.m. And many other fun plans are in development! Don’t miss it!
We are still looking for sponsors regarding SailFest – whether it is sponsoring the lessons for the children this summer during July and August to bring the cost down to $10 – or if it is sponsoring fun activities for the children (bouncer, etc.) – or playing live music – or setting up a fun booth for the children! Please call me at 834-7717. This is a community/family celebration of our waterways – and it will be wonderful to have tons of participation!
Have A Great Day! And remember, “We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” — W.E. Gladstone
You may have noticed the large number of boats at both the Oconto Harbor and City Docks this weekend. It wasn’t a fishing tournament (as some have asked) – it was simply fishermen and others out enjoying the beautiful weather and plentiful fish that our water has to offer! There were 139 individual boat launches, from as far away as South Dakota, between Saturday and Sunday, as well as additional launches from those who have purchased season launch passes. We are thrilled to see so many people enjoying one of the City’s best assets!
Almost every day I am reminded of the very special people that we come across in life. A case in point is Kurt Miller of Marinette. Kurt was visiting the Oconto Marsh with his son who is in the service. They happened to see a white owl perch on top of the Oconto population sign, which of course has the Bird City sign below it. Kurt had said what a great picture that would be, but by then the owl flew away. By some miracle, as they got closer, the owl came back; and Kurt was able to take the picture. The very generous person that he is, Kurt developed this into a 20” x 30” photo, put it into a beautiful 29” x 39” frame and presented it to the Oconto Farnsworth Library! What a very heartwarming occurrence this is, and Oconto “Thanks” Kurt Miller of Marinette for being such a wonderful human being!
Also speaking of Bird City, the actual Wisconsin Bird City pamphlet is now available at City Hall, and Oconto is prominently featured as a High Flyer – only 14 communities of the total of 88 Bird City communities are designated High Flyer. According to our Cordula VanDenHeuvel who has worked diligently to bring us to High Flyer status (Thank You again, Cordula!) we are considered Sustained High Flyer because you must maintain certain criteria every year to be in this category. Also, Oconto is mentioned in 2 paragraphs of an article written by Gene Birr in the Wisconsin Bluebird Magazine. Gene and Cordula have established nearly 75 bluebird nest boxes with the assistance of Parks Director John Bostedt, and all the volunteers who monitor these boxes! Thank You, everyone!
Regarding more “special people” in the world, I met with Cynthia Patterson and Tom Sasse last Wednesday regarding, the spring planting of the west roundabout. Cynthia drew up a plan with various colorful perennials which will live with the roundabout conditions, and both Tom and Cynthia will be gathering these plants either from their own flower beds or other sources. I am so grateful for all their previous hard work and the work before us. I volunteered to seek 20 yarrow plants in the color of paprika – can anyone help me out with this? Thank You, Tom and Cynthia!
PLEASE REMEMBER: The fall curbside collection of leaves and garden waste will begin on Monday, March 30, 2015 and continue to Friday, April 24, 2015. Place material in separate piles no wider than 4 feet or higher than 3 feet, and in open areas (not around street signs or trees or will not be picked up.) No bagged or mixed material. DO NOT PUT LEAVES IN THE STREET (will not be picked up,) but between curb and sidewalk. You may also bring loose leaves and garden waste to the yard waste site at 1616 Main Street. As it is not possible to say exactly when your pick-up will be, please call 834-7725 between 7:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, if any questions.
Please exercise your right, and vote on April 7th from 7:00 a.m. To 8 p.m. At City Hall.
Have A Great Day! And remember, “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.” — Mother Teresa
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
Here are the unofficial results from today’s election for City of Oconto Alderperson – wards 1 of 1 reporting:
Connie Bickel – 307
Jean Pleshek Feldt – 354
Bob Le Breck – 447
Sheri Groll – 271
The top two vote-getters are elected to office – Le Breck and Feldt
AS OF 8:00 P.M. ON APRIL 7, 2015, THE NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE APRIL 7, 2015 PRIMARY ELECTION IS 3.
THE NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING PRIVISIONAL BALLOTS IS 0.
With the wonderful spring weather in front of us, and some sunny days to spend outside, I encourage you to enjoy the fresh air! The natural vitamin E of the sunrays is extremely important, and exercise is always good for our hearts and bodies in general. When walking your wonderful family pets, please do remember to take a plastic bag along to pick up the animal feces. We have had citizens already concerned that they see too much of the feces along our main City sidewalks. Please know, that visitors are always everywhere in Oconto, and not only do we not want our own people to deal with animal feces, we certainly don’t want visitors to deal with this issue.
I want to Thank everyone for already picking up the winter debris that abounds right now! It is very impressive to ride down Pecor, Main, McDonald Streets and even some of the side streets and see them so clean! Also Thank You to Jodi Bostedt for spending her Sunday picking up Rustic Road #109 recently, that all the runners, walkers, riders can enjoy its magical, natural splendor!
If anyone has a bicycle in pretty good shape, that they are not using any more and want to dispose of, would you please drop it off here at City Hall. With our new ad in Great Lakes Boating magazine, and the results of visitors that it promises to bring, we need transportation for these visitors from Breakwater Park into other sections of our City. Those who are bicyclists could borrow one of the bikes, we will have stationed for their use at Breakwater Park. The idea of a courtesy car has also been brought up, if we could explore that idea also, through a possible donation. Please let me know – 834-7717.
Speaking of our Great Lakes Boating ad, the April issue is now published. There is a copy on the City Hall counter to peruse, and I plan to deliver copies to various places in the City, that our people can check it out. As I deliver them, I will let you know where they are.
The April 7th election is fast upon us. Even though it will be a light ballot, your choice of who you want to serve on the Oconto City Council is vitally important. Remember that this is the first year you will be choosing 2 candidates instead of 6. Please take the time to vote April 7th. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. To 8 p.m. And remember that you can vote (and register – bring ID and proof of address) at the counter here at City Hall (during regular office hours) starting Monday, March 23rd until Thursday, April 2nd. Friday, April 3rd is Good Friday, and City Hall is normally closed, but there will be an option to come in and vote that day, if a time is set up beforehand – call 834-7711.
Have A Great Day! And remember, “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” — John F. Kennedy
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
The Grand Re-Opening of Aageson Pool has been scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free swimming as well as a celebration and ceremony at 1 p.m. The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 7 and the pool will be open for the summer on Monday, June 8. Hope to see you there!
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!